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CME8103 : Design of Robust Control Algorithms

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • 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

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

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion11:301:30Exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion174:3074:30Background reading, review lecture material, preparation/completion formative quiz, exam revision
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture82:0016:00PiP sessions
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching42:008:00Tutorials (PiP sessions)
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

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

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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