Course Details

ELE 434 Computer Control Laboratory
2021-2022 Fall term information

The course is not open this term

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Course Name Code Semester Theory
Credit ECTS
Prerequisite(s)None. This laboratory course must be taken with the theoretical course "ELE 430 Computer Control".
Course languageEnglish
Course typeElective 
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-Face 
Learning and teaching strategiesLecture
Question and Answer
Preparing and/or Presenting Reports
Problem Solving
Other: This course must be taken together with ELE430 COMPUTER CONTROL.  
Instructor (s)Faculty members 
Course objectiveThe aim is to provide a better understanding of the theoretical subjects taught in "ELE 430 Computer Control" course via computer simulations and experiments carried out on laboratory setups, and to allow students to improve their abilities in this respect.  
Learning outcomes
  1. A student who completes the course successfully is expected to
  2. 1. Understand the relationship and transformations between continuous-time and discrete-time systems .
  3. 2. Be able to implement continuous-time controllers on digital platforms such as microcontrollers or DSP cards or computers.
  4. 3. Design and implement digital control systems.
  5. 4. Be aware of practical issues and physical limitations concerning digital control systems.
  6. 5. Be acquired a suitable background to study more advanced digital control problems.
Course ContentA/D-D/A converters, sampling and zero order hold. Digital control of a servo system and observing the effects of sampling rate on the performance. Response of discrete-time systems and examining the effects of pole zero location. Comparing different discrete-time approximations of continuous-time systems. Experimenting with root locus and Bode design techniques. Pratical aspects and computer implementation of a PID controller. Experimenting with state feedback and observers. 
References[1] Ogata K., Discrete-Time Control Systems, 2nd Ed., Prentice Hall, 1995.
[2] Franklin G.F., Powell J.D. and Workman M.L., Digital Control of Dynamic Systems, 2nd Ed., Addison Wesley, 1990.
[3]Aström K.J. and Wittenmark B., Computer Controlled Systems: Theory and Design, 3rd Ed., Prentice Hall, 1997.

Course outline weekly

Week 1An overview of digital control systems and the set-ups used in the experiments.
Week 2Experimenting with A/D and D/A converters, sampling and zero-order hold.
Week 3Digital control of a servo system and observing the effects of sampling rate on the performance-part I.
Week 4Digital control of a servo system and observing the effects of sampling rate on the performance- part II.
Week 5Response of linear discrete-time systems: computer simulation using MATLAB.
Week 6Discrete-time equivalents to continuous-time systems: computer simulation using MATLAB.
Week 7Digital PID control of a liquid level system-part I.
Week 8Digital PID control of a liquid level system-part II.
Week 9Midterm Exam
Week 10Discrete controller design by root-locus: computer simulation using MATLAB
Week 11Discrete controller design by Bode plot: computer simulation using MATLAB
Week 12Observer+state feedback: computer simulations using MATLAB.
Week 13Digital state feedback control of an inverted pendulum system- part I.
Week 14Digital state feedback control of an inverted pendulum system-part II.
Week 15Preparation for Final exam
Week 16Final exam

Assesment methods

Course activitiesNumberPercentage
Field activities00
Specific practical training00
Final exam140
Percentage of semester activities contributing grade succes060
Percentage of final exam contributing grade succes040

Workload and ECTS calculation

Activities Number Duration (hour) Total Work Load
Course Duration (x14) 1 3 3
Laboratory 12 3 36
Specific practical training000
Field activities000
Study Hours Out of Class (Preliminary work, reinforcement, ect)12112
Presentation / Seminar Preparation000
Homework assignment000
Midterms (Study duration)122
Final Exam (Study duration) 144
Total Workload271357

Matrix Of The Course Learning Outcomes Versus Program Outcomes

D.9. Key Learning OutcomesContrubition level*
1. PO1. Possesses the theoretical and practical knowledge required in Electrical and Electronics Engineering discipline.     X
2. PO2. Utilizes his/her theoretical and practical knowledge in the fields of mathematics, science and electrical and electronics engineering towards finding engineering solutions.    X
3. PO3. Determines and defines a problem in electrical and electronics engineering, then models and solves it by applying the appropriate analytical or numerical methods.     X
4. PO4. Designs a system under realistic constraints using modern methods and tools.    X
5. PO5. Designs and performs an experiment, analyzes and interprets the results.    X
6. PO6. Possesses the necessary qualifications to carry out interdisciplinary work either individually or as a team member.    X 
7. PO7. Accesses information, performs literature search, uses databases and other knowledge sources, follows developments in science and technology.  X  
8. PO8. Performs project planning and time management, plans his/her career development. X   
9. PO9. Possesses an advanced level of expertise in computer hardware and software, is proficient in using information and communication technologies.    X
10. PO10. Is competent in oral or written communication; has advanced command of English.  X  
11. PO11. Has an awareness of his/her professional, ethical and social responsibilities. X   
12. PO12. Has an awareness of the universal impacts and social consequences of engineering solutions and applications; is well-informed about modern-day problems.  X  
13. PO13. Is innovative and inquisitive; has a high level of professional self-esteem.    X

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest

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