Automatic Control Systems - Part I:
Block Diagrams and Transfer Functions
Shih-Min Hsu, Ph.D., P.E.
In recent years,
control systems have gained an increasingly important role in the development
and advancement of modern civilization and technology. This course should provide
a brief review for readers in the control/system engineering profession or serve
as an introductory material for readers in a non-control/system engineering
This course begins with the basic tools utilized extensively in Control Systems - block diagrams and transfer functions. Mason's rule, a systematic and algorithmic for solving transfer function of a given system described by its block diagram, is discussed. Part I is concluded with Routh-Hurwitz Stability Criterion (Routh Test). Part II consists of Laplace Transforms and Time-Domain Analysis. A list of Laplace Transform Table is provided for quick reference. The course continues with Root Locus Technique, Nyquist Stability Criterion and Body Plot Technique for determining the system stability.
This course includes
a multiple choice quiz at the end, which is designed to enhance the understanding
of the course materials.
This course is part one of a five-part course on automatic control systems.The course content is in a PDF file Automatic Control Systems - Part I: Block Diagrams and Transfer Functions. You need to open or download this document to study this course.
 Gene F. Franklin,
J. David Powell and Abbas Emami-Naeini, Feedback Control of Dynamic Systems
- 2nd Edition, Addison Wesley, 1991
 Benjamin C. Kuo, Automatic Control Systems - 5th Edition, Prentice-Hall, 1987
 John A. Camara, Practice Problems for the Electrical and Computer Engineering PE Exam - 6th Edition, Professional Publications, 2002
 NCEES, Fundamentals of Engineering Supplied-Reference Handbook - 6th Edition, 2003
Once you finish studying the above course content you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.