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IEEE Transactions on Education

Issue 3 • Aug 1990

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  • Design and implementation of software for control education

    Publication Year: 1990, Page(s):291 - 297
    Cited by:  Papers (9)
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    The design and implementation of software for control education are discussed. A possible classification of software is presented and explained in some detail by means of a set of examples. These are chosen to represent different uses and also different design techniques. Some basic ideas about the design of interactive software are summarized and a specific tool for the implementation is presente... View full abstract»

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  • The role of zeros in the performance of multiinput, multioutput feedback systems

    Publication Year: 1990, Page(s):244 - 257
    Cited by:  Papers (8)
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    A review of the early history attached to the idea of zeros for systems with multiple inputs and outputs is provided. A discussion of the consensus definitions for such zeros is given together with the ways in which they are involved in control thinking and control applications. A control zero principle and a control pole principle explain the intuitive way in which zeros and poles influence the p... View full abstract»

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  • Teaching control with laboratory scale models

    Publication Year: 1990, Page(s):285 - 290
    Cited by:  Papers (15)
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    An approach to laboratory teaching of control which uses scale models of dynamic systems is presented. The models are selected to illustrate a range of control applications and a variety of forms of dynamical behavior. The scale models are controlled either by continuous-time controllers or digitally using PC-based software. The emphasis is on the fundamentals of control engineering such that the ... View full abstract»

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  • Pole-zero cancellations in SISO linear feedback systems

    Publication Year: 1990, Page(s):240 - 243
    Cited by:  Papers (5)
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    An approach to teaching how pole-zero cancellation affects closed-loop system stability is presented. This is done in the context of system transfer functions derived from physical laws which govern system components. The typical set-up in signal flow graph form for the design of a single-input, single-output (SISO) linear feedback system is shown and discussed. The plant model is described using ... View full abstract»

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  • Incorporating practical contents in control engineering courses

    Publication Year: 1990, Page(s):279 - 284
    Cited by:  Papers (8)
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    Two categories of practical curricula contents which are desired but often missing in the control system design courses taught in universities are described. The first encompasses the essential expert's knowledge which is seldom presented in textbooks. Examples are the handling of nonlinearity, multiloop design, consideration of load regulation, and the need for a high sampling rate. The second en... View full abstract»

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  • Elementary proofs of some classical stability criteria

    Publication Year: 1990, Page(s):232 - 239
    Cited by:  Papers (30)
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    Classical stability results and test on the stability of a given polynomial are proved and derived using a simple continuity property. The resulting proofs given of the Hermite-Bieler theorem and the Routh and Jury tests are elementary and full of insight. The proofs allow the instructor to present these fundamental topics of control theory to undergraduates in an elementary, rational, and meaning... View full abstract»

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  • The inward approach in the design of control systems

    Publication Year: 1990, Page(s):270 - 278
    Cited by:  Papers (5)
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    The inward approach in the design of control systems is introduced. This approach differs from the root-locus and the Bode-plot methods in that it involves first searching for an overall transfer function to meet design specifications and then computing the required compensator. The method is simple and straightforward and can easily be carried out with the aid of a digital computer simulator prog... View full abstract»

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  • Control study with a pilot crane

    Publication Year: 1990, Page(s):298 - 305
    Cited by:  Papers (26)  |  Patents (1)
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    The pilot crane and its instrumentation are briefly introduced. The crane offers a uniform environment for a complete control engineering design starting from modeling and ending with tuning of different controllers. The potential possibilities of the crane environment for practical education of control engineering are described. The modeling issues are considered, and different identification met... View full abstract»

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  • Teaching linear systems theory using Cramer's rule

    Publication Year: 1990, Page(s):258 - 267
    Cited by:  Papers (5)
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    A pedagogical approach based upon Cramer's rule is outlined for the presentation of linear systems theory in a first course for engineering students. The Laplace complex variable, or the Heaviside derivative operator, is used with Cramer's rule from elementary mathematics to allow students to expeditiously gain a foothold on linear dynamic systems theory. The approach applies to the broad class of... View full abstract»

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  • A survey of control systems education in the United States

    Publication Year: 1990, Page(s):306 - 310
    Cited by:  Papers (13)
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    In August of 1988 the Education Committee of the IEEE Control Systems Society sent out a questionnaire to 120 committee members on control systems education. A total of 28 responses were received from departments of electrical engineering in the United States. The responses received are discussed. The object of the survey was to answer some of the following questions: What fraction of the departme... View full abstract»

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  • A pedagogical approach to minimal order observers

    Publication Year: 1990, Page(s):268 - 269
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    The minimal-order observer is derived by viewing the system output as a constraint on the full-order observer. The use of a special set of coordinates for the system realization is avoided. The approach relies on an orthogonal decomposition of the state space View full abstract»

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The IEEE Transactions on Education (ToE) publishes significant and original scholarly contributions to education in electrical and electronics engineering, computer engineering, computer science, and other fields within the scope of interest of IEEE.

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Jeffrey E. Froyd
Texas A&M University