ECE 429

Control Systems Laboratory
Fall 2003


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Lab Time: Tuesday, 1:30 - 4:20  p.m., Sci. & Tech. I, Rm. 2B
Graduate Teaching Assistant: Zain Shahid
Prerequisites: ECE 421 or POI. 
       ECE 422 is not a co-requisite for this lab.



The faculty supervisor for this course is Dr. Beale, Room 257, Science and Technology II, 993-1596.  The GTA will be responsible for providing assistance to the students during the lab and during his office hours.  The GTA will also be responsible for all grading in the lab, and will set standards for the grading.  The weighting of the various experiments will be based on the number of weeks assigned to the experiments.

Reference material for this lab course includes your ECE 421 textbook or any other text dealing with automatic feedback control at the undergraduate level. A list of references is provided at the end of this syllabus. Students are also encouraged to look at the design examples and design procedures found on the ECE 421 web site.

The objective of this laboratory is to enable the students to strengthen their understanding of the design and analysis of control systems through practical exercises.  This will be accomplished by using modern software resources to analyze and simulate the performance of realistic system models and to design control systems to satisfy various performance specifications.

The control systems laboratory consists of three separate units.  Each unit consists of several experiments.  Unit A involves compensator design for a system involving time-domain specifications,  uncertainty, and nonlinearities.  Unit B involves the design and implementation of control systems using actual hardware.  Unit C involves compensator design for a system using frequency-domain specifications for a non-minimum-phase system.

Students in the lab will be divided into groups of 2-3 students each.  Students will document each experiment with a description of their procedures, results of their analysis or design, and plots as appropriate.  The reports for the various experiments within a particular set will be turned in to the GTA at one time when the set is completed.


  1. J.J. D’Azzo and C.H. Houpis, Linear Control System Analysis and Design, McGraw-Hill, New York, 4th edition, 1995.

  2. Richard C. Dorf and Robert H. Bishop, Modern Control Systems, Addison-Wesley, Reading, MA, 7th edition, 1995.

  3. F. Franklin, J.D. Powell, and A. Emami-Naeini, Feedback Control of Dynamic Systems, Addison-Wesley, Reading, MA, 3rd edition, 1994.

  4. Graham C. Goodwin, Stefan F. Graebe, and Mario E. Salgado, Control System Design, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 2001.

  5. Benjamin C. Kuo, Automatic Controls Systems, Prentice Hall, Englewood Cli.s, NJ, 7th edition, 1995.

  6. Norman S. Nise, Control Systems Engineering, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 3rd edition, 2000.

  7. Katsuhiko Ogata, Modern Control Engineering, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 4th edition, 2002.

  8. C.L. Phillips and R.D. Harbor, Feedback Control Systems, Prentice Hall, Upper Saddle River, NJ, 4th edition, 2000.

  9. G.J. Thaler, Automatic Control Systems, West, St. Paul, MN, 1989.

  10. John Van de Vegte, Feedback Control Systems, Prentice Hall, Englewood Cli.s, NJ, 3rd edition, 1994.

  11. William A. Wolovich, Automatic Control Systems, Holt, Rinehart, and Winston, Fort Worth, TX, 3rd edition, 1994.








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