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The Art of Control Engineering

The Art of Control Engineering

The Art of Control Engineering
By Ken Dutton, Steve Thompson, Bill Barraclough

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Book Description

The Art of Control Engineering provides a refreshingly new and practical treatment of the study of control systems. The opening chapters assume no prior knowledge of the subject and are suitable for use in introductory courses. The material then progresses smoothly to more advanced topics such as nonlinear systems, Kalman filtering, robust control, multivariable systems and discrete event controllers. Taking a practical perspective, the text demonstrates how the various techniques fit into the overall picture of control and stresses the ingenuity required in choosing the best tool for each job and deciding how to apply it. The most important topics are revisited at appropriate levels throughout the book, building up progressively deeper layers of knowledge.

The Art of Control Engineering is an essential core text for undergraduate degree courses in control, electrical and electronic, systems and mechanical engineering. Its broad, practical coverage will also be very useful to postgraduate students and practising engineers.


Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #1949289 in Books
  • Published on: 1997-06-06
  • Ingredients: Example Ingredients
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 9.70" h x 1.70" w x 7.40" l, 3.30 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 832 pages

Editorial Reviews

From the Back Cover
The Art of Control Engineering provides a refreshingly new and practical treatment of the study of control systems. The opening chapters assume no prior knowledge of the subject and are suitable for use in introductory courses. The material then progresses smoothly to more advanced topics such as nonlinear systems, Kalman filtering, robust control, multivariable systems and discrete event controllers. Taking a practical perspective, the text demonstrates how the various techniques fit into the overall picture of control and stresses the ingenuity required in choosing the best tool for each job and deciding how to apply it. The most important topics are revisited at appropriate levels throughout the book, building up progressively deeper layers of knowledge. The Art of Control Engineering is an essential core text for undergraduate degree courses in control, electrical and electronic, systems and mechanical engineering. Its broad, practical coverage will also be very useful to postgraduate students and practising engineers.

Key Features
  • keeps the mathematical content to a minimum by covering only the essential topics
  • stresses the iterative nature of most designs in order to achieve working systems
  • covers an unprecedented selection of methods and techniques and emphasises their interrelation, enabling its use for introductory to postgraduate study
  • integrates classical, digital, nonlinear and modern control theory in one volume
  • uses a distinctive "layered" approach, enabling easy selection of the required level of material for study
  • includes MATLAB and SIMULINK examples supplemented by files on the internet featuring editable simulations which encourage student experimentation
  • incorporates worked examples throughout which aid comprehension and help explain practical issues

About the Author
Bill Barraclough is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering, Sheffield Hallam University.


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0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
4Great book
By Brandon T Gustafson
Only read the first 2 chapters but it is promising for the ease of reading

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
5motivates study of controls before presenting techniques
By Felipe M. Pait
I had been looking for an introductory textbook that motivates the study of controls before presenting the analysis and design techniques, and presents a range of topics besides classical continuous-time, frequency domain control. This book is it! It has material on digital, multivariable, and nonlinear control, which can be used beyond the first controls course - a consideration given the price of textbooks. The didactic discussions of concepts complement the explanation of techniques. The math is kept simple and introduced as needed.

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful.
5A great reader.
By [email protected]
From basics (Laplace) to advanced control theroy (Kalman), this book hit it all. The math is even easy to follow. This book will serve you well as either a stand along self teaching guide, or as a supplemental reference to a formal control systems course.

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