1st Edition

Control System Fundamentals

By William S. Levine Copyright 2000

    Sifting through the variety of control systems applications can be a chore. Diverse and numerous technologies inspire applications ranging from float valves to microprocessors. Relevant to any system you might use, the highly adaptable Control System Fundamentals fills your need for a comprehensive treatment of the basic principles of control system engineering.

    This overview furnishes the underpinnings of modern control systems. Beginning with a review of the required mathematics, major subsections cover digital control and modeling. An international panel of experts discusses the specification of control systems, techniques for dealing with the most common and important control system nonlinearities, and digital implementation of control systems, with complete references. This framework yields a primary resource that is also capable of directing you to more detailed articles and books.

    This self-contained reference explores the universal aspects of control that you need for any application. Reliable, up-to-date, and versatile, Control System Fundamentals answers your basic control systems questions and acts as an ideal starting point for approaching any control problem.

    Mathematical Foundations
    Ordinary Linear Differential and Difference Equations
    The Fourier, Laplace, and z-Transforms
    Matrices and Linear Algebra
    Complex Variables
    Models for Dynamical Systems
    Standard Mathematical Models
    Graphical Models
    Determining Models
    Analysis and Design Methods for Continuous-Time Systems
    Analysis Methods
    Stability Tests
    Design Methods
    Digital Control
    Discrete-Time Systems
    Sampled Data Systems
    Discrete-Time Equivalents to Continuous-Time Systems
    Design Methods for Discrete-Time, Linear Time-Invariant Systems
    Quantization Effects
    Sample-Rate Selection
    Real-Time Software for Implementation of Feedback Control
    Programmable Controllers
    Analysis and Design Methods for Nonlinear Systems
    Analysis Methods
    Design Methods
    Software for Control System Analysis and Design
    Numerical and Computational Issues in Linear Control and System Theory
    Software for Modeling and Simulating Control Systems
    Computer-Aided Control Systems Design


    William S. Levine

    "…a practical tutorial on various control methodologies arising from several types of applications."
    - Zentralblatt Math 967

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