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CME8103 : Design of Robust Control Algorithms

  • Offered for Year: 2022/23
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Jie Zhang
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


To explore the concept of robustness in control systems design; frequency response methods for control systems analysis and model based control based on the Internal Model Control strategy.

Outline Of Syllabus

The Internal Model principle; Ideal control versus practicable control; Robust control concepts; performance versus robustness; the role of frequency domain analysis; Bode diagrams and Polar plots; sensitivity functions; describing model uncertainties; robustness analysis; robust performance; robust stability; Internal Model Control (IMC) design; Equivalence of IMC to PID control.

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture201:0020:00PiP sessions
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion128:3028:30Background reading, review lecture material, preparation/completion formative quiz, exam revision
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Exam
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities201:0020:00Lecture follow up
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities102:0020:00Tutorials follow-up/solving questions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching101:0010:00Tutorials (PiP sessions)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Lectures convey the underlying fundamentals while the tutorials develop the students’ ability to apply acquired knowledge.

Alternatives will be offered to students unable to be present-in-person due to the prevailing C-19 circumstances. Student’s should consult their individual timetable for up-to-date delivery information.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A100N/A
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Computer assessment1MFormative quiz
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The exam is an appropriate way to assess both theoretical understanding and problem solving skills under time-constraints.

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