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Titles in the call number range TJ, TL, TS (Mechanical, Industrial and Aerospace Engineering) that were added to the Concordia University Libraries collection in the last 60 days.

  • The Uneasy coalition : design in corporate America : the Tiffany-Wharton lectures on corporate design management / Walter Hoving [and others] ; edited with an introd. by Thomas F. Schutte
    TS 171 U53

  • Convective heat transfer in porous media / edited by Yasser Mahmoudi, Kamel Hooman, Kambiz Vafai

    Focusing on heat transfer in porous media, this book covers recent advances in nano and macro' scales. Apart from introducing heat flux bifurcation and splitting within porous media, it highlights two-phase flow, nanofluids, wicking, and convection in bi-disperse porous media. New methods in modeling heat and transport in porous media, such as pore-scale analysis and Lattice-Boltzmann methods, are introduced. The book covers related engineering applications, such as enhanced geothermal systems, porous burners, solar systems, transpiration cooling in aerospace, heat transfer enhancement and electronic cooling, drying and soil evaporation, foam heat exchangers, and polymer-electrolyte fuel cells.

  • Troubleshooting centrifugal pumps and their systems / Ron Palgrave

    Troubleshooting Centrifugal Pumps and Their Systems, Second Edition, begins by discussing pump characteristics that can be reconfigured to suit changing conditions. Next, it provides guidance on when to withdraw a pump from service for repair and how it should be subsequently treated. It is an ideal resource for those who feel ill-equipped to analyze unsatisfactory pump system behavior, and is also a great reference for pump engineers, pump hydraulic designers, and graduate students who need systemic knowledge on centrifugal pumps and their systems.

  • Multi-robot exploration for environmental monitoring the resource constrained perspective / Kshitij Tiwari and Nak Young Chong

    Multi-robot Exploration for Environmental Monitoring: The Resource Constrained Perspective provides readers with the necessary robotics and mathematical tools required to realize the correct architecture. The architecture discussed in the book is not confined to environment monitoring, but can also be extended to search-and-rescue, border patrolling, crowd management and related applications. Several law enforcement agencies have already started to deploy UAVs, but instead of using teleoperated UAVs this book proposes methods to fully automate surveillance missions. Similarly, several government agencies like the US-EPA can benefit from this book by automating the process.

    Several challenges when deploying such models in real missions are addressed and solved, thus laying stepping stones towards realizing the architecture proposed. This book will be a great resource for graduate students in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Robotics, Machine Learning and Mechatronics.

    Analyzes the constant conflict between machine learning models and robot resources Presents a novel range estimation framework tested on real robots (custom built and commercially available)

  • Modeling, analysis, design, and tests for electronics packaging beyond Moore Hengyun Zhang, Faxing Che, Tingyu Lin, Wensheng Zhao

    Modeling, Analysis, Design and Testing for Electronics Packaging Beyond Moore provides an overview of electrical, thermal and thermomechanical modeling, analysis, design and testing for 2.5D/3D. The book addresses important topics, including electrically and thermally induced issues, such as EMI and thermal issues, which are crucial to package signal and thermal integrity. It also covers modeling methods to address thermomechanical stress related to the package structural integrity. In addition, practical design and test techniques for packages and systems are included.

    Includes advanced modeling and analysis methods and techniques for state-of-the art electronics packaging Features experimental characterization and qualifications for the analysis and verification of electronic packaging design Provides multiphysics modeling and analysis techniques of electronic packaging

  • RoboCup 2019 : Robot World Cup XXIII / Stephan Chalup, Tim Niemueller, Jackrit Suthakorn, Mary-Anne Williams (eds.)
    TJ 210.3 R6153 2019eb

  • Delay controlled partial synchronization in complex networks / Jakub Sawicki
    TJ 223 T5S29 2019

  • Advances in Micro and Nano Manufacturing and Surface Engineering roceedings of AIMTDR 2018 / M. S. Shunmugam, M. Kanthababu, editors

  • Gas turbine design, components and system design integration / Meinhard T. Schobeiri
    TJ 778 S36 2019

  • Experiment-driven product development how to use a data-informed approach to learn, iterate, and succeed faster / Paul Rissen

  • Social Robotics 11th International Conference, ICSR 2019, Madrid, Spain, November 26-29, 2019, Proceedings / Miguel A. Salichs, Shuzhi Sam Ge, Emilia Ivanova Barakova, John-John Cabibihan, Alan R. Wagner, Álvaro Castro-González, Hongsheng He (eds.)
    TJ 210.3 I58 2019eb

  • Advances in forming, machining and automation : proceedings of AIMTDR 2018 / M. S. Shunmugam, M. Kanthababu, editors
    TS 718 A45 2018

  • Production at the leading edge of technology : proceedings of the 9th Congress of the German Academic Association for Production Technology (WGP), September 30th - October 2nd, Hamburg 2019 / Jens Peter Wulfsberg, Wolfgang Hintze, Bernd-Arno Behrens, editors
    TS 176 W16 2019eb

  • Six Sigma Green Belt certification project identification, implementation and evaluation / Reiner Hutwelker

  • Nanostructured materials for next-generation energy storage and conversion : photovoltaic and solar energy / Tulay Aygan Atesin, Sajid Bashir, Jingbo Louise Liu, editors

  • Cultural studies of LEGO : more than just bricks / Rebecca C. Hains, Sharon R. Mazzarella, editors
    TS 2301 T7C85 2019

  • Financing the new space industry breaking free of gravity and government support / Howard E. McCurdy

  • Structural control and fault detection of wind turbine systems / edited by Hamid Reza Karimi
    TJ 828 S778 2018eb

    With the rapid growth of wind energy worldwide, challenges in the operation and control of wind turbine systems are becoming increasingly important. These affect all parts of the system, and require an integrated approach to optimize safety, cost, integrity and survivability of the system, while retaining the desired performance quality.

    This book conveys up to date theoretical and practical techniques applicable to the control of wind turbine systems. Topics covered include wave loads on monopole-supported offshore wind turbines; numerical and experimental tools for small wind turbine load analysis; structural control concepts for load reduction of offshore wind turbines; towards farm-level health management of wind turbine systems; data-based approaches to the monitoring of wind turbines; fault diagnostics for electrically operated pitch systems in offshore wind turbines; an emulator prototype design for vibration control of magnetic bearings for wind turbine power generator shafts; condition monitoring and diagnostics of wind turbine power trains; and robust fuzzy fault tolerant control wind energy systems subject to actuator and sensor faults.

  • EMC and functional safety of automotive electronics / Kai, Borgeest
    TL 272.5 A982 2018eb

    Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) deals with the unintentional propagation and reception of electromagnetic energy which may cause disturbances or even physical damage in electronic or electromechanical systems. With the increase in number and density of electronic devices and systems in modern vehicles, EMC has become a substantial concern and a key cause of malfunction of automotive electronics.

    This book explores electromagnetic compatibility in the context of automotive electronics, with a close relation to functional safety as required by ISO 26262. Topics covered include an introduction to automotive electronics; electrical drives and charging infrastructure; fundamentals of functional safety; fundamentals of EMC, signal and power integrity; the legal framework; EMC design at the ECU Level; EMC design at the system level and in special subsystems; modelling and simulation; and test and measurement for EMC.

  • Thermal power plant control and instrumentation : the control of boilers and HRSG systems / David Lindsley, John Grist and Don Parker
    TJ 395 L56 2018eb

    Thermal Power Plant Control and Instrumentation describes the systems and equipment used for measuring and controlling boilers and heat-recovery steam-generators used in land and marine power plant and in process industries. It provides a practical guide to the design, installation, operation and maintenance of these systems. Starting with descriptions of how each area of the plant operates, it shows how the relevant control systems have evolved, how they are implemented in modern systems and how to evaluate the merits of alternative approaches.

    The rise of renewable power in the generation mix, and of biomass in the fuel, has demanded greater flexibility from combustion plants, requiring more sophisticated and robust control. In parallel, thermal power plants have been developed with overfire air systems to reduce NOx, once-through supercritical boilers to increase efficiency and model-based control schemes to optimise response. These developments have brought opportunities in terms of flexibility, energy efficiency and safety, but also the risk of a comprehension gap between control specialists and power plant engineers, a gap this new edition aims to bridge.

  • Metaheuristic optimization in power engineering / Jordan Radosavljević

    A metaheuristic is a consistent set of ideas, concepts, and operators to design a heuristic optimization algorithm, that can provide a sufficiently good solution to an optimization problem with incomplete or imperfect information. Modern and emerging power systems, with the growing complexity of distributed and intermittent generation, are an important application for such methods.

    This book describes the principles of solving various problems in power engineering via the application of selected metaheuristic optimization methods including genetic algorithms, particle swarm optimization, and the gravitational search algorithm. Applications covered include power flow calculation; optimal power flow in transmission networks; optimal reactive power dispatch in transmission networks; combined economic and emission dispatch; optimal power flow in distribution networks; optimal volt/var control in distribution networks; optimal placement and sizing of distributed generation in distribution networks; optimal energy and operation management of microgrids; optimal coordination of directional overcurrent relays; and steady-state analysis of self-excited induction generators.

  • Wearable exoskeleton systems : design, control and applications / edited by Shaoping Bai, Gurvinder S. Virk, and Thomas G. Sugar
    TJ 211.49 W43 2018eb

    Wearable exoskeletons are electro-mechanical systems designed to assist, augment, or enhance motion and mobility in a variety of human motion applications and scenarios. The applications, ranging from providing power supplementation to assist the wearers to situations where human motion is resisted for exercising applications, cover a wide range of domains such as medical devices for patient rehabilitation training recovering from trauma, movement aids for disabled persons, personal care robots for providing daily living assistance, and reduction of physical burden in industrial and military applications. The development of effective and affordable wearable exoskeletons poses several design, control and modelling challenges to researchers and manufacturers. Novel technologies are therefore being developed in adaptive motion controllers, human-robot interaction control, biological sensors and actuators, materials and structures, etc.

    In this book, the editors and authors report recent advances and technology breakthroughs in exoskeleton developments. It will be of interest to engineers and researchers in academia and industry as well as manufacturing companies interested in developing new markets in wearable exoskeleton robotics.

  • Wind and solar based energy systems for communities / edited by Rupp Carriveau and David S-K. Ting
    TJ 808 W56 2018eb

    A sustainable community energy system is an approach to supplying a local community - ranging from a few homes or farms to entire cities - with its energy requirements from renewable energy or high-efficiency co-generation energy sources. Such systems are frequently based on wind power, solar power, biomass, either singly or in combination. Community energy projects have been growing in numbers in several key regions.

    This book provides an overview of existing and emerging community energy technologies. Topics covered include data-driven methods for prediction of small to medium wind turbines performance; optimisation of wind farms for communities; financing for community wind and photovoltaic project development; community-level solar thermal systems; solar water desalination for small communities; community solar photovoltaic projects; assessing wind loads for urban photovoltaic installations; design optimisation of multi-energy hubs for community energy projects; battery based storage for communities; power-to-gas and power-to-power for storage and ancillary services in urban areas; smart multi-energy microgrids; and conservation and demand management in community energy systems.

    Wind and Solar Based Energy Systems for Communities is essential reading for researchers and engineers working to develop community energy systems and advance the transition to a clean energy future.

  • Large scale grid integration of renewable energy sources / edited by Antonio Moreno-Munoz

  • Flexible Robot Manipulators : Modelling, Simulation and Control / M.O. Tokhi and A.K.M. Azad

  • Control of mechatronic systems / Levent Güvenç, Bilin Aksun Güvenç, Burak Demirel and Mümin Tolga Emirler
    TJ 163.12 G88 2017eb

    This book introduces researchers and advanced students with a basic control systems background to an array of control techniques which they can easily implement and use to meet the required performance specifications for their mechatronic applications. It is the result of close to two decades of work of the authors on modeling, simulating and controlling different mechatronic systems from the motion control, automotive control and micro and nano-mechanical systems control areas. The methods presented in the book have all been tested by the authors and a very large group of researchers, who have produced practically implementable controllers with highly successful results.

    The approach that is recommended in this book is to first start with a conventional control method which may then be cascaded with a feedforward controller if the input is known or can be measured with a preview; to add a disturbance observer if unknown disturbances are to be rejected and if regulation of the uncertain plant about a nominal model is desired; and to add a repetitive controller to take care of any periodic inputs of fixed and known period. Case studies ranging from road vehicle yaw stability control and automated path following, to decoupling control of piezotube actuators in an atomic force microscope are presented. Parameter space based methods are used in the book for achieving robust controllers.

    Control of Mechatronic Systems is essential reading for researchers and advanced students who want to be exposed to control methods that have been field tested in a wide variety of mechatronic applications, and for practicing engineers who design and implement feedback control systems.

  • Energy Systems for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles / edited by K.T. Chau

    Electric and hybrid vehicles have been globally identified to be the most environmental friendly road transportation. Energy Systems for Electric and Hybrid Vehicles provides comprehensive coverage of the three main energy system technologies of these vehicles - energy sources, battery charging and vehicle-to-grid systems.

    The book begins with a discussion of energy source systems, covering electrochemical energy sources, flywheel energy storage, hybrid energy sources, solar energy harvesting, electromagnetic energy regeneration and thermoelectric energy recovery. Then battery technologies are covered, including battery charging strategies and battery management techniques, emerging wireless charging techniques for electric vehicles and the concept of energy cryptography for secure wireless power transfer. Finally vehicle-to-X technology is discussed, embracing the vehicle-to-home, vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-grid energy systems, for electric and hybrid vehicles.

    Combining insights from an international team of authors, this book is essential reading for researchers and advanced students developing electric/hybrid vehicles and intelligent transport systems in industry and academia.

  • Practical robotics and mechatronics : marine, space and medical applications / Ikuo Yamamoto

    The world is experiencing the beginning of a revolution in robotics and mechatronics. A key part of this revolution is integration with the Internet of Things and machine-to-machine interfaces. This networking of robotics and mechatronics promises significant market opportunities for a new generation of robots.

    The basic theory and procedures for the design and development of practical robotics and mechatronics are important for all students and engineers who wish to engage in the field and this book provides an essential introduction to this, describing how to successfully create practical robotics and mechatronics. It is based on the author's 30 years of experience of robotics development in Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd., JAMSTEC, and Nagasaki University, and contains many examples of real-world robots from new underwater vehicles, ships, robotic fish, unmanned aviation robotics, to space robotics, and medical robotics.

  • Recent trends in sliding mode control / edited by Leonid Fridman, Jean-Pierre Barbot and Franck Plestan
    TJ 220.5 R43 2016eb

    In control theory, sliding mode control, or SMC, is a nonlinear control method that alters the dynamics of a nonlinear system by application of a discontinuous control signal that forces the system to 'slide' along a cross-section of the system's normal behaviour. This book describes recent advances in the theory, properties, methods and applications of SMC.

    The book is organised into four parts. The first part is devoted to the design of higher-order sliding-mode controllers, with specific designs presented in the context of disturbance rejection by means of observation and identification. The second part offers a set of tools for establishing different dynamic properties of systems with discontinuous right-hand sides. Time discretization is addressed in the third part. First-order sliding modes are discretized using an implicit scheme - higher-order sliding-mode differentiators, typically used in output-feedback schemes, are discretized in such a way that the optimal accuracy of their continuous-time counterparts is restored.

    The last part is dedicated to applications. In the context of energy conversion, sliding-mode control is applied to variable-speed wind turbines, fuel cell coupled to a power converter, rugged DC series motors and rectifiers with unity power factor, and electropneumatic actuator. Finally, an event-triggered sliding-mode scheme is proposed for networked control systems subject to packet loss, jitter and delayed transmissions.

  • Robust and adaptive model predictive control of non-linear systems / Martin Guay, Veronica Adetola and Darryl DeHaan
    TJ 217 G83 2015

    Most physical systems possess parametric uncertainties or unmeasurable parameters and, since parametric uncertainty may degrade the performance of model predictive control (MPC), mechanisms to update the unknown or uncertain parameters are desirable in application. One possibility is to apply adaptive extensions of MPC in which parameter estimation and control are performed online. This book proposes such an approach, with a design methodology for adaptive robust nonlinear MPC (NMPC) systems in the presence of disturbances and parametric uncertainties. One of the key concepts pursued is the concept of set-based adaptive parameter estimation, which provides a mechanism to estimate the unknown parameters as well as an estimate of the parameter uncertainty set. The knowledge of non-conservative uncertain set estimates is exploited in the design of robust adaptive NMPC algorithms that guarantee robustness of the NMPC system to parameter uncertainty.

    Topics covered include: a review of nonlinear MPC; extensions for performance improvement; introduction to adaptive robust MPC; computational aspects of robust adaptive MPC; finite-time parameter estimation in adaptive control; performance improvement in adaptive control; adaptive MPC for constrained nonlinear systems; adaptive MPC with disturbance attenuation; robust adaptive economic MPC; setbased estimation in discrete-time systems; and robust adaptive MPC for discrete-time systems.

  • Analysis and design of reset control systems / Yuqian Guo, Lihua Xie and Youyi Wang
    TJ 233 G86 2016

    Reset control is concerned with how to reset a system when it is disturbed to overcome the inherent limitations of linear feedback control and to improve robustness. It has found applications in many practical systems including flexible mechanical systems, tapespeed control systems and high precision positioning systems.

    This book provides an introduction to the theory of reset control, and draws on the authors' own research and others' to explore the application of reset control in a variety of settings, with an emphasis on hard disk drive servo systems.

    Topics covered include the motivation and basic concepts of reset control systems; derivation of the describing function of reset systems; how the reset matrix affects the frequency domain property of a system; recent developments on stability analysis of reset control systems; robust stability of reset control systems with uncertainties; reset control systems with discrete-time reset conditions; optimal reset control design under fixed reset time instants; and reset control systems with conic jump sets.

    This book is essential reading for researchers, postgraduates and advanced students in control theory, and for research-based engineers who are interested in the theory of hybrid control systems and their engineering applications.

  • Control-oriented modelling and identification : theory and practice / edited by Marco Lovera
    TJ 213 C66 2015

    This comprehensive book covers the state-of-the-art in control-oriented modelling and identification techniques. With contributions from leading researchers in the subject, Control-oriented Modelling and Identification: Theory and practice covers the main methods and tools available to develop advanced mathematical models suitable for control system design, including: object-oriented modelling and simulation; projection-based model reduction techniques; integrated modelling and parameter estimation; identification for robust control of complex systems; subspace-based multi-step predictors for predictive control; closed-loop subspace predictive control; structured nonlinear system identification; and linear fractional LPV model identification from local experiments using an H1-based glocal approach.

    This book also takes a practical look at a variety of applications of advanced modelling and identification techniques covering spacecraft dynamics, vibration control, rotorcrafts, models of anaerobic digestion, a brake-by-wire racing motorcycle actuator, and robotic arms.

  • Test and evaluation of aircraft avionics and weapon systems / Robert E. McShea
    TL 695 M374 2014eb

    Technology is ever-changing in the field of aircraft avionics and new systems may require a different approach to testing. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) revises its regulatory material as a result of system updates and therefore requirements for airworthiness testing also need to be updated.

    Test and Evaluation of Aircraft Avionics and Weapon Systems, 2nd Edition is a unique training book which serves as both a text and practical reference for all personnel involved in avionics and weapons system evaluation and testing, in the air and on the ground. Whether training pilots and personnel or planning to test systems, this book provides readers with the fundamentals and practical information needed to get the job done.

    This new edition has been updated and expanded to offer additional chapter exercises plus three new chapters;

    UAV technology has exploded on the scene, therefore creating a high demand for a guide to UAV testing, Operational Test and Evaluation is a specialised form of testing accomplished by the end-user before final acceptance of the product, Night Vision Systems and Helmet Mounted Displays are also newer technologies advanced in the revised edition.

  • Design and development of multi-lane smart electromechanical actuators / Fawaz Yahya Annaz
    TJ 223 A25A563 2013eb

    The unavoidable element in the development of flight control systems (to date) has been in hydraulic actuators. This has been the case primarily because of their proven reliability and the lack of alternative technologies. However, the technology to build electromechanically actuated primary flight control systems is now available, which may mark the end of the hydraulic actuation systems - an important step for the development of the future 'all-electric' aircraft.

    Design and Development of Multi-Lane Smart Electromechanical Actuators describes design concepts in electromechanical actuators by considering an actuator that has the capability to drive the aerodynamic and inertial loads of an aileron control surface similar to that of the Sea Harrier. It provides the necessary theoretical background to design smart multi-lane electromechanical actuation systems, and provides a general methodology that engineers (electrical, mechanical, mechatronic, aerospace or chemical) will find useful.

  • Modelling control systems using IEC 61499
    TJ223.P76 .Z384 2014

    IEC 61499 is a standard for modelling distributed control systems for use in industrial automation, and is already having an impact on the design and implementation of industrial control systems that involve the integration of programmable logic controllers, intelligent devices and sensors.

    Modelling Control Systems Using IEC 61499. 2nd Edition provides a concise and yet thorough introduction to the main concepts and models defined in the standard. Topics covered include defining applications, systems, distributing applications on the system's devices, function blocks, structuring applications, service interface function blocks, event function blocks, and examples of industrial applications.

    This second edition has been significantly updated to reflect the current second release of IEC 61499, including changes in the function block model, its execution, and the newly standardized XML exchange format for model artefacts, and to reflect lessons learned from the author's teaching of IEC 61499 over the last ten years. This book will be of interest to research-led control and process engineers and students working in fields that require complex control systems using networked based distributed control.

  • Driver adaptation to information and assistance systems / edited by Alan Stevens, Corinne Brusque and Josef Krems
    TL 272.57 D75 2014eb

    Driver information and assistance systems have emerged as an integral part of modern road vehicles in order to support the driver while driving. They make use of the newest information technologies in order to enhance driver awareness, safety and comfort, and thereby avoiding driver errors and accidents. Driver Adaptation to Information and Assistance Systems brings together recent work by the Marie-Curie Initial Training Network ADAPTATION. The project has studied drivers' behavioural adaptation to these new technologies from an integrative perspective working under a joint conceptual theoretical framework of behavioural adaptation that can be used to generate research hypotheses about how drivers will adapt to information and assistance systems and to derive guidelines for the design and deployment of such systems.

    The book aims to provide the reader with a better understanding of drivers' adaptation processes over time in response to information and assistance system use at different levels (energetic, cognitive and motivational levels); an appreciation of the impact of specificities of drivers population on technology use and skill acquisition; insights on the effects of system functionality, design and reliability as important system characteristics influencing drivers' adaptation; and recommendations on research methods and appropriate tools to investigate adaptation processes.

  • Handbook of vehicle suspension control systems / edited by Honghai Liu, Huijun Gao and Ping Li
    TL 257 H36 2013eb

    Handbook of Vehicle Suspension Control Systems surveys the state-of-the-art in advanced suspension control theory and applications. Topics covered include an overview of intelligent vehicle suspension control systems; intelligence-based vehicle active suspension adaptive control systems; robust active control of an integrated suspension system; an interval type-II fuzzy controller for vehicle active suspension systems; active control for actuator uncertain half-car suspension systems; active suspension control with finite frequency approach; fault-tolerant control for uncertain vehicle suspension systems via fuzzy control approach; h-infinity fuzzy control of suspension systems with actuator saturation; design of sliding mode controllers for semi-active suspension systems with magnetorheological dampers; joint design of controller and parameters for active vehicle suspension; an LMI approach to vibration control of vehicle engine-body systems with time delay; and frequency domain analysis and design of nonlinear vehicle suspension systems.

    With contributions from an international selection of researchers, Handbook of Vehicle Suspension Control Systems will find a place on the bookshelves of academic researchers and industrial practitioners in control engineering, particularly those working on applications for the automotive industry.

  • Electrical design for ocean wave and tidal energy systems / edited by Raymond Alcorn and Dara O'Sullivan
    TK 3001 E443 2013eb

    Renewable energy is expected to play a major part in future energy supplies, both to reduce the impact on the world climate and also to make up for any shortfall in conventional energy sources. Ocean energy has the potential to make a significant contribution to future renewable energy supplies as identified in recent reports from the Intergovernmental Panel for Climate Change and the International Energy Agency. Ocean energy is an emerging industry sector and there are a number of promising developments under way. Significant commercial deployments in the gigawatt range are envisaged over the next 10 to 20 years in Europe, USA, Asia and South America.

    Electrical Design for Ocean Wave and Tidal Energy Systems gives an electrical engineer's perspective of this technology, addressing offshore wave and tidal power stations, grid integration and distribution. With contributions from a panel of leading international experts, this book is essential reading for electrical design engineers, researchers and students working in ocean energy development and renewable energy. Topics covered include generator selection and rating; electrical energy storage; grid integration; power quality; cabling, umbilicals and array layout; modelling and simulation techniques; control theory and realisation; power system issues; and economics of ocean energy electrical systems.

  • An introduction to fractional control / Duarte Valério and José Sá da Costa

    Fractional control techniques provide an effective way to control dynamic behaviours, using fractional differential equations. This can include the control of fractional plants, the control of a plant using a fractional controller, or the control of a plant so that the controlled system will have a fractional behaviour to achieve a performance that would otherwise be hard to come by.

    An Introduction to Fractional Control outlines the theory, techniques and applications of fractional control. After an initial introduction to fractional calculus, the book explores many fractional control systems including fractional lead control, fractional lag control, first, second and third generation Crone control, fractional PID, PI and PD control, fractional sliding mode control, logarithmic phase Crone control, fractional reset control, fractional H2 and Hinfinity control, fractional predictive control, and fractional time-varying control.

    Each chapter contains solved examples and references for further reading. Common definitions and proofs are included, along with a discussion of how MATLAB can be used to assist in the design and implementation of fractional control.

    This book is an essential guide for researchers and advanced students of control engineering in academia and industry.

  • Distributed control and filtering for industrial systems / Magdi S. Mahmoud

    In recent years technological advancements in the design and fabrication of integrated circuits have led to the development of cost effective, low power, thumb-size devices that can be used for sensing/actuating, communication and computing. This trend is enabling a surge of new applications for which pervasive network architectures are being developed. A key feature of these systems is that they are decentralized and communication among different subsystems may be unreliable. From an engineering viewpoint, to ensure correct operation, the theoretical analysis requires a fundamental paradigm shift, as many of the typical assumptions of systems and control theory cease to hold.

    Distributed Control and Filtering for Industrial Systems provides an introduction to the control and filtering algorithms devised for distributed environments, with a particular emphasis on industrial applications. Topics covered include control architectures for interconnected systems, recent developments in distributed model predictive control for interconnected networked systems, methods for designing distributed linear quadratic controllers for various classes of systems, designing distributed dynamic output-feedback controllers, characterization of distributed consensus control methods, distributed estimation techniques, distributed Kalman filtering methods, experimental setups and simulation of pilot-scale industrial processes.

  • Control theory : a guided tour / James Ron Leigh
    TJ 213 L45 2012

    Using clear tutorial examples, this fully updated new edition concentrates on explaining and illustrating the concepts that are at the heart of control theory.

    It seeks to develop a robust understanding of the underlying principles around which the control subject is built. This simple framework is studded with references to more detailed treatments and also has interludes that are intended to inform and entertain.

    The book is intended as a companion on the journey through control theory and although the early chapters concentrate on fundamental ideas such as feedback and stability, later chapters deal with more advanced topics such as state variables, optimisation, estimation, Kalman filtering and robust control.

  • Energy storage for power systems / A.G. Ter-Gazarian
    TJ 165 T47 2011eb

  • Propulsion systems for hybrid vehicles / John M. Miller
    TL 221.15 M55 2010eb

  • Test and evaluation of aircraft avionics and weapon systems / Robert E. McShea
    TL 695 M323 2010eb

  • Fundamentals of ground radar for air traffic control engineers and technicians / Ronald Bouwman
    TL 696 R25B68 2009eb

  • Motion vision : design of compact motion sensing solutions for autonomous systems navigation / by Julian Kolodko and Ljubo Vlacic
    QC 125.2 K6 2005

    Segmenting the environment surrounding an autonomous vehicle into coherently moving regions is a vital first step towards intelligent autonomous navigation. Without this temporal information, navigation becomes a simple obstacle avoidance scheme that is inappropriate in highly dynamic environments such as roadways and places where many people congregate.

    The book begins by looking at the problem of motion estimation from biological, algorithmic and digital perspectives. It goes on to describe an algorithm that fits with the motion processing model, and hardware and software constraints. This algorithm is based on the optical flow constraint equation and introduces range information to resolve the depth-velocity ambiguity, which is critical for autonomous navigation. Finally, implementation of the algorithm in digital hardware is described in detail, covering both the initial motion processing model and the chosen hardware platforms, and the global functional structure of the system.

  • Wind power integration : connection and system operational aspects / Brendan Fox [and others]
    TJ 820 W57674 2007eb

    The rapid growth of wind generation has many implications for power system planning, operation and control. This would have been a considerable challenge for the old nationalised power companies; it has become an even greater challenge in today's liberalised electricity markets.

    Network development, voltage rise, protection, monitoring and control are connection problems common to all wind power generation. These issues are addressed through an understanding of the basic electrical engineering concepts and wind power technology. When wind power approaches 10 percent of all generation, it impinges on system operation. The underlying principles of system balancing are presented, before considering the impact of many variable generation sources whose outputs are difficult to predict. Wind power forecasting is crucial to successful wind power integration, and basic theory and current practice are considered. Storage can also help but it needs to be low cost and, ideally, based on intelligent use of existing load. Finally, electricity markets are explained and the commercial challenges facing wind power are assessed.

    The book provides a wide-ranging discussion on all major aspects of wind power integration into electricity supply systems. It requires no specialist knowledge and will appeal to engineers from various disciplines looking for an overview of a technology that is providing a major impetus for sustainable electricity supply in the twenty-first century.

  • Control theory / J.R. Leigh
    TJ 213 L335 2004
    This fully revised and updated edition of Control Theory addresses recent developments in the field. It discusses how the rise of H and similar approaches has allowed a combination of practicality, rigor and user interaction to be brought to bear on complex control problems and has helped bridge the gap between control theory and practice. The book also examines the effects of the rise of artificial intelligence techniques and the increasing availability of comprehensive software packages. The book concentrates on the structure, principles and context of control theory, and will be of interests to students and professionals alike.

  • Flexible robot manipulators : modelling, simulation and control / edited by M.O. Tokhi and A.K.M. Azad
    TS 191.8 F594 2008eb

    The ever increasing utilisation of robotic manipulators for various applications in recent years has been motivated by the requirements and demands of industrial automation. Among these, attention is focused more towards flexible manipulators, due to various advantages they offer compared to their rigid counterparts. Flexural dynamics have constituted the main research challenge in modelling and control of such systems; research activities have accordingly concentrated on the development of methodologies to cope with this.

    The book reports recent and new developments in modelling, simulation and control of flexible robot manipulators. The material is presented in four distinct components: (i) a range of modelling approaches including classical techniques based on the Lagrange equation formulation, parametric approaches based on linear input/output models using system identification techniques, and neuro-modelling approaches; (ii) numerical modelling/ simulation techniques for dynamic characterisation of flexible manipulators using the finite difference, finite element, symbolic manipulation and customised software techniques; (iii) a range of open-loop and closed-loop control techniques based on classical and modern intelligent control methods including soft-computing and smart structures for flexible manipulators; and (iv) software environments for analysis, design, simulation and control of flexible manipulators.

    The book can serve as a teaching resource as well as a reference text for research.

  • Power-plant control and instrumentation : the control of boilers and HRSG systems / David Lindsley
    TJ 395 L56 2000eb

  • Energy storage for power systems / A. Ter-Gazarian
    TJ 165 T47 1994eb

  • Flight control systems : practical issues in design and implementation / edited by Roger W. Pratt
    TL 678 F57 2000eb

    A complete reference on modern flight control methods for fixed-wing aircraft, this authoritative book includes contributions from an international group of experts in their respective specialised fields, largely from industry. Split into two parts, the first section of the book deals with the fundamentals of flight control systems design, while the second concentrates on genuine applications based on the modern control methods used in the latest aircraft.

    It is assumed that the reader will have some knowledge of classical control. The book builds upon the foundations laid by standard texts on flight control so that the reader will gain a good background in current industrial practice and be in a position to benefit from more specialised reading. Its prime aim is to bridge the gap between academic research and real-world applications in the area and its emphasis on practical approaches will make it particularly suitable for:

    practising engineers who are relatively new to the aviation industry and require a consolidated approach to the different aspects of flight control postgraduate students in strategic or applied research final stage undergraduates.

  • Strapdown inertial navigation technology / David H. Titterton and John L. Weston
    TL 3252 T58 2004eb

  • Aviation weather surveillance systems : advanced radar and surface sensors for flight safety and air traffic management / Pravas Mahapatra, with contributions from Richard J. Doviak, Vladislav Mazur, Dusan S. Zrnič
    TL 556 M14 1999eb

  • Introduction to airborne radar / George W. Stimson
    TL 696 R2S75 1998eb
    A bestseller in the aerospace and electronics industry is now completely revised and updated on a fully searchable CD-ROM. Much more than a simple introduction, this book is actually a history, reference, tech manual, and textbook. Includes 12 new chapters that cover all the sophisticated stealth radar techniques.

  • Sliding mode control of vehicle dynamics / edited by Antonella Ferrara
    TL 243 S55 2017eb

  • Implementation of self-tuning controllers / edited by Kevin Warwick
    TJ 217 I47 1988eb

    This text is an extremely useful guide for those wishing to investigate the application of self-tuning control systems. The contents have been chosen in order to restrict the amount of theoretical detail to that necessary for explanation purposes, whilst application examples and programming suggestions are highlighted. The overall text is suitable for those wishing to gain the flavour of adaptive control, although those already familiar with selftuning techniques will find the problem solutions discussed to be most attractive. Parameter estimation, numerical solutions and software aspects are all considered at length, while simplified procedures and predictive self-tuning schemes are shown in terms of fundamental concepts.

    The level of the book is such that practising control engineers and postgraduate or final year control, engineering or cybernetics students would find it most suitable. A certain amount of basic digital/sampled data control systems terminology is assumed, although this does not mean that the reader needs to be familiar with more mathematical ideas, such as discrete transform methods or statistical theory. The text could be used as the foundation of a Masters course module, particularly if an emphasis is placed on the practical aspects of self-tuning control.

    The book is an ideal source for those interested in self-tuning and adaptive control, and contains many useful suggestions for future trends, research directions and implementation/ application possibilities.

  • A history of control engineering, 1930-1955 / S. Bennett
    TJ 213 B456 1993eb

    In the twenty-five years between 1930 and 1955 crucial changes in our understanding of feedback control systems occurred. The history of these developments is traced in this book.

    Feedback control devices were used for general industrial control, in process control, in aircraft and ships, in the telephone system and in analogue computing systems. The significant developments that occurred during the 1930s in several of these areas are analysed in detail.

    During the Second World War the ideas and techniques that had been developed in disparate areas were brought together to form what we now know as the classical frequency response methods of analysis and design. Work on methods for dealing with non-linear systems, sampled-data systems and stochastic systems began. The immediate post-war years saw the consolidation and dissemination of the classical methods and the addition of the root locus method for analysis and design. The final chapters cover the beginnings of so-called modern control with the introduction of state-space methods of analysis and design.

    As well as being of interest to engineers the book is also relevant to historians concerned with social, economic and labour history.

  • Developing a make or buy strategy for manufacturing business / David Probert
    TS 183.6 P76 1997eb

    How can a company decide where to concentrate its expertise? Why are some companies better at exploiting their strengths than others? Is there a link between the range of a company's activities and its success and profitability?

    These are just some of the questions at the heart of a make or buy strategy for manufacturing business. Most companies will face issues such as these at some time or other, and in resolving them will determine the future shape of the business - for better or worse.

    Based on original research and case experience, this book presents a structured approach to making these important decisions. By drawing on the collective knowledge of people in the company, a make or buy strategy can be developed which focuses manufacturing capability on the factors critical to business success.

    The key aspects covered include:

    the links between business strategy, vertical integration in manufacturing industry, and business performance; why a make or buy strategy is central to manufacturing capability and business results; the difference between strategic, tactical and component make or buy issues; the best practice approach to make or buy decisions; what is involved in developing an optimal make or buy strategy for a business; how to apply the approach to your own business.

    The book is aimed at directors and managers from manufacturing companies concerned with developing their capabilities and focusing their strengths, but many other people in manufacturing, finance, engineering, purchasing and service operations will find something of value in this book.

  • Singular perturbation methodology in control systems / D.S. Naidu
    TJ 213 N34 1988eb

    Many realistic engineering systems are large in dimension and stiff for computation. Their analysis and control require extensive numerical algorithms. The methodology of singular perturbations and time scales (SPTS), crowned with the remedial features of order reduction and stiffness relief is a powerful technique to achieve computational simplicity.

    This book presents the twin topics of singular perturbation methods and time scale analysis to problems in systems and control. The heart of the book is the singularly perturbed optimal control systems, which are notorious for demanding excessive computational costs.

    The book addresses both continuous control systems (described by differential equations) and discrete control systems (characterised by difference equations). Another feature is the extensive bibliography, which will hopefully be of great help for future study and research. Also of particular interest is the categorisation of an impressive record of applications of the methodology of SPTS in a wide spectrum of fields, such as circuits and networks, fluid mechanics and flight mechanics, biology and ecology, and robotics.

    This book is aimed at graduate students, applied mathematicians, scientists and engineers working in universities and industry.

  • Symbolic methods in control system analysis and design / edited by Neil Munro
    TJ 213 S87 1999eb

    Symbolic computing has made a significant impact in the field of control engineering. This book, which brings together contributions from leading international experts in the field, provides an up-to-date treatment of various issues in system modelling, analysis, design and synthesis methods.

    Coverage includes:

    the application of multidimensional Laplace transforms to the modelling of nonlinear elements a survey of customised computer algebra modelling programs for multibody dynamical systems central results for the analysis and robust control of single-input single-output linear systems using a new linear programming approach differential and real algebra for dealing with systems of polynomial equations and inequalities for nonlinear systems, and the computational aspects of algebraic and geometric invariants for both certain and uncertain systems the dynamic sliding mode approach to the robust control of both linear and nonlinear systems, and robust pole assignment for parametric uncertain linear systems the development and testing of a new branch-and-bound algorithm for global optimisation, using symbolic algebra techniques an overview and assessment of the use of symbolic computation programs in the analysis and design of control systems.

    The book will be of interest to postgraduate students and researchers in control engineering.

  • Knowledge-based systems for industrial control / edited by J. McGhee, M.J. Grimble & P. Mowforth
    TJ 225 K58 1990eb

    Expert and knowledge-based systems have great potential for industrial control systems, particularly in the process industries. Recognising the importance of this emerging area, the Institution of Electrical Engineers organised a Vacation School on the subject, for engineers from industry and academia, at the University of Strathclyde in September 1990.

    The course and this resulting text cover four main issues: the background of knowledge-based control, artificial intelligence, applications of knowledge expertise, and deductive control.

    The background material presents knowledge based control from the perspective of Systems Engineering and Information Technology. When combined with an introduction to both artificial intelligence and fuzzy logic, a firm foundation is laid for consolidation of the later material of the book.

    The importance of fuzzy control is considered and the use of expert systems in self-tuning control is discussed. The use of real-time knowledged based systems in Fermentation supervisory control is described and the impact of neural networks in process modelling is also considered. The development of COGSYS which is an environment for building expert systems and its applications is described, together with its application to a gas processing plant.

    Case studies in condition monitoring are presented. The development of qualitative models for physical systems which is currently attracting considerable interest from the Al community is considered. The design of multivariable control systems and other aspects of process control are also covered.

    sed. The use of real-time knowledged based systems in Fermentation supervisory control is described and the impact of neural networks in process modelling is also considered. The development of COGSYS which is an environment for building expert systems and its applications is described, together with its application to a gas processing plant.

    Case studies in condition monitoring are presented. The development of qualitative models for physical systems which is currently attracting considerable interest from the Al community is considered. The design of multivariable control systems and other aspects of process control are also covered.

  • Advanced robotics & intelligent machines / edited by J.O. Gray & D.G. Caldwell
    TJ 211 A38 1996eb

    The term 'advanced robotics' came in the 1980s to describe the application of advanced sensors and new developments in cognitive science and artificial intelligence to the traditional robot. Today, advanced robots have come far beyond the limitations of the crude 'pick-and-place' machines of the 1980s assembly line, and have a vast range of applications in manufacturing, construction and health care, as well as hostile environments such as space, underwater and nuclear applications.

    This book provides an essential overview of developments in the basic technologies, looking at recent applications and highlighting a number of advanced concepts and procedures that may influence future developments. The emphasis is on developments in Europe, although the book is also relevant to activities in the USA, Japan and elsewhere. With such a wide and dynamic field, it does not attempt to provide a comprehensive guide; rather, it addresses many key elements of the technology to furnish a complete introduction for both postgraduate students and practising engineers attracted to the challenges of the domain.

  • Deterministic control of uncertain systems / edited by A.S.I. Zinober
    TJ 213 D47 1990eb

    One of the main fields of study in the control of dynamical systems has been the effective control of time-varying systems with uncertain parameters and external disturbances. In contrast to stochastic adaptive controllers with identification algorithms, the deterministic control of uncertain time-varying systems has a fixed nonlinear feedback controller, which operates effectively over a specified magnitude range of a class of system variations. If the variations satisfy certain matching conditions, complete insensitivity to system uncertainties can be achieved. The two main approaches are Variables Structure and Lyapunov control. The contents of this book reflect the research output of many authors. The chapters include material of an introductory nature as well as some of the latest research results. Attention has also been focussed upon some of the main areas of application, which include electric motor drives, robotics and flight control systems. The book should prove useful to control designers, theoreticians and graduate students.

  • Robots and automated manufacture / edited by J. Billingsley
    TS 191.8 R62 1985eb

    To serve its purpose, an industrial robot must be harnessed to a manufacturing task, be it welding, assembly, adjustment or the inspection of food products. Complex tasks are likely to require offline programming, both for economy of equipment use and to permit computer simulations for collision avoidance. Vision and other sensory systems are helping to extend the capabilities of robots, while advanced programming techniques are making their use more accessible to the shop floor.

    The authors have addressed these and many other subjects in a volume which will be of value to industry and to robotic researchers alike.

  • The development of a strategy for integrated manufacturing systems : a concise guide for the senior executive / prepared by the Integrated Manufacturing Systems Working Party
    TS 155.63 D48 1990eb

    This Guide is the first produced by The Integrated Manufacturing Systems Working Party of the Institution of Production Engineers. In considering the wide range of issues which arise for any Manufacturing company embarking on the integration of manufacturing systems, the Working Party decided to take a staged approach and this guide represents the first of several on topics relating to Integrated Manufacturing Systems.

    Three such topics that arose immediately were:

    A Strategic Approach The Organisational Implications Hardware and Software Communications

    In this Guide we have concentrated on the first of these and tried to encapsulate all the major points which a senior executive should consider when developing a Strategy for Integrated Manufacturing Systems (IMS). Note that this is not a 'Manufacturing Strateg' - that is dealt with in another Institution guide. Here we are concentrating on the strategic considerations raised by integration.

    Integration brings dramatic performance improvements and the system element - IMS - is one of the powerful ingredients which can help to bring about such a change. Every manufacturing business must now decide if, and when, to go for IMS. Some would say that the 'if' is not in question and that IMS will soon become a mandatory tool because all global competitors will have it. This Guide cannot answer the 'if' and 'when' directly but it aims to make you aware of the high-level issues involved in making IMS work.

  • Computer control of real-time processes / edited by S. Bennett and G.S. Virk
    TS 156.8 C635 1990eb

    This book provides an introduction to many aspects of computer control. It covers techniques or control algorithm design and tuning of controllers; computer communications; parallel processing; and software design and implementation. The theoretical material is supported by case studies covering power systems control, robot manipulators, liquid natural as vaporisers, batch control of chemical processes; and active control of aircraft.

    The book is suitable for practising engineers, postgraduate students and third year undergraduates specialising in control systems. It assumes some knowledge of control systems theory and computer hardware.

  • Design of modern control systems / editors, D.J. Bell, P.A. Cook, N. Munro
    TJ 213 D47 1982eb

    This book presents developments in analysis and design techniques for control systems. Included are exciting results for feedback systems using complex variable methods, the important concept of robustness in controller design and the increasingly important topic of decentralized control for large scale systems. These and many other contributions illustrate the great activity and rapid progress which has taken place in the subject over the past few years. Only by bringing these contributions together under one cover can the practising engineer in industry and indeed the engineer in university or polytechnic keep fully informed on the 'state of the art' on a number of different fronts. Application of the theoretical developments and practical aspects of the subject are not forgotten; analysis and design of a nuclear boiler and some direct digital control system design procedures are but two topics discussed in the present book. Several of the chapters are followed by problems on the subject matter and worked solutions to most of these problems are given at the end of the book. This aspect will find favour with many readers since such contributions are often a great help in the understanding of the subject matter.

  • Control engineering solutions : a practical approach / edited by P. Albertos, R. Strietzel, N. Mort
    TJ 213 C572 1997eb

    This book collects together in one volume a number of control engineering solutions, intended to be representative of solutions applicable to a broad class of control problems, and outlines possible alternative approaches to finding them. This is neither a control theory book nor a handbook of laboratory experiments, although it includes both the basic theory of control and practical laboratory set-ups to illustrate the solutions proposed.

    A number of control problems are identified and discussed, from the initial phase of experimental construction of a model of the process to the final steps of hardware and software implementation, for several illustrative applications including a motor drive and a small scale robot. PID tuning and anti-wind-up, disturbance rejection, time delays and distributed systems, state feedback and observer design, multiloop interaction, fault detection and supervision, and fuzzy logic control are some of the control issues treated.

    Written by a team of European experts, the book should interest a broad audience. Control engineering students will find potential applications for control theory and workable examples of practical control problems. Most of the laboratory set-ups will be easy to replicate by control engineering teaching staff, enabling practical activity to complement theoretical and exercise class sessions. Applied control engineers will find guidelines to approach the solution of their own control problems, including discussion of alternative methods and results to be expected. The publication of this book represents the final outcome of a European TEMPUS project to improve educational practice in automation and control technology.

  • Adaptive prediction and predictive control / P.P. Kanjilal
    TJ 217 K36 1995eb

    Control often follows predictions: predictive control has been highly successful in producing robust and practical solutions in many real-life, real-time applications. Adaptive prediction covers a variety of ways of adding 'intelligence' to predictive control techniques. Many different groups, with widely varying disciplinary backgrounds and approaches, are tackling the same problem from different angles; these groups are sometimes unaware of alternative approaches from other disciplines.

    This book attempts to give a unified and comprehensive coverage of the principles and methods that these groups have developed. It avoids basing its descriptions on very complex mathematical formulations but still gives a rigorous exposure to the subject, and illustrates the theory with many practical examples. It is chiefly aimed at students, researchers and practitioners, but will also be accessible to the non-specialist.

  • Industrial digital control systems / edited by K. Warwick and D. Rees
    TJ 223 M53I53 1988eb

    This book provides an introduction to the techniques employed in the design and implementation of digital control systems. The text has arisen out of a highly successful IEE Vacation School held annually at Oxford University and the contents have been tailored to a digestible level and breadth by means of the feedback provided from previous School participants. As well as a tutorial approach to the description of basic concepts and general ideas used, most chapters include numerous worked examples and details of particular applications in order to enhance the theory introduced. The importance of putting over a technique by making use of practical examples is highlighted by the inclusion of several chapters in which selected case studies are presented detailing applications of both the more conventional and the more modern digital control ideas.

    The book is aimed at engineers, managers and engineering students who wish to become more widely informed about how they may employ the latest advances in digital control technology. To this end, earlier chapters concentrate on the theoretical framework of digital control, whereas later chapters concentrate on its implementation. This results in an up-to-date overview of digital control schemes which is an excellent reference text for industrialists and academics alike. This substantially revised 2nd edition (more than a third of the book is completely new) represents a distinct improvement on the extremely successful 1st edition, and bears witness to the constant modernisation required in such a rapidly changing area.

  • A history of control engineering, 1800-1930 / S. Bennett
    TJ 216 B35 1986eb

    Feedback is a crucial concept of modern engineering, whose use has spilled over into many other disciplines.

    Dr Bennett traces the growing awareness of the importance and the significance of the concept of feedback in engineering and treats in detail the technical developments that contributed to his awareness. Beginning by studying the history of the control of prime movers, he examines in detail the 19th-century work on the stability problem.

    There follows an account of the development of steam and hydraulic servomechanisms and their application to the control of ships and aircraft.In the latter part of the book the development of electrical control systems from the arc lamp to the feedback amplifier is considered. The book ends with a brief outline of the theoretical work on circuit analysis which was to provide the background for the development that took place in the 1930s of techniques for the analysis of feedback systems.

  • Nonlinear and adaptive control systems / Zhengato Ding
    TJ 213 D56 2013

    An adaptive system for linear systems with unknown parameters is a nonlinear system. The analysis of such adaptive systems requires similar techniques to analyse nonlinear systems. Therefore it is natural to treat adaptive control as a part of nonlinear control systems. Nonlinear and Adaptive Control Systems treats nonlinear control and adaptive controlin a unified framework, presenting the major results at a moderate mathematical level, suitable for MSc students and engineers with undergraduate degrees. Topics covered include introduction to nonlinear systems; state space models; describing functions forcommon nonlinear components; stability theory; feedback linearization; adaptive control; nonlinear observer design; backstepping design; disturbance rejection and output regulation; and control applications, including harmonic estimation and rejection inpower distribution systems, observer and control design for circadian rhythms, and discrete-time implementation of continuous-timenonlinear control laws.

  • Optimal adaptive control & differential games by reinforcement learning principles / Draguna Vrabie, Kyriakos G. Vamvoudakis and Frank L. Lewis
    TJ 217 V73 2013eb

    This book gives an exposition of recently developed approximate dynamic programming (ADP) techniques for decision and control in human engineered systems. ADP is a reinforcement machine learning technique that is motivated by learning mechanisms in biological and animal systems. It is connected from a theoretical point of view with both adaptive control and optimal control methods. The book shows how ADP can be used to design a family of adaptive optimal control algorithms that converge in real-time to optimal control solutions by measuring data along the system trajectories. Generally, in the current literature adaptive controllers and optimal controllers are two distinct methods for the design of automatic control systems. Traditional adaptive controllers learn online in real time how to control systems, but do not yield optimal performance. On the other hand, traditional optimal controllers must be designed offline using full knowledge of the systems dynamics. It is also shown how to use ADP methods to solve multi-player differential games online. Differential games have been shown to be important in H-infinity robust control for disturbance rejection, and in coordinating activities among multiple agents in networked teams. The focus of this book is on continuous-time systems, whose dynamical models can be derived directly from physical principles based on Hamiltonian or Lagrangian dynamics.

  • Offshore wind turbines : reliability, availability and maintenance / Peter Tavner
    TJ 828 T38 2012

    The development of offshore wind power has become a pressing modern energy issue in which the UK is taking a major part, driven by the need to find new electrical power sources, avoiding the use of fossil fuels, in the knowledge of the extensive wind resource available around our islands and the fact that the environmental impact of offshore wind farms is likely to be low.

    However, there are major problems to solve if offshore wind power is to be realised and these problems revolve around the need to capture energy at a cost per kWh which is competitive with other sources. This depends upon the longevity of the wind turbines which make up offshore wind farms. Their availability, reliability and the efficacy and cost-effectiveness of the maintenance needed to achieve that availability, are essential to improve offshore wind life-cycle costs and the future of this emerging industry.

    This book intends to address these issues head-on and demonstrate clearly to manufacturers, developers and operators the facts and figures of wind turbine operation and maintenance in the inclement offshore environment, recommending how maintenance should be done to achieve low life-cycle costs.

  • Eigenstructure control algorithms : applications to aircraft/rotorcraft handling qualities design / S. Srinathkumar

    Eigenstructure control involves modification of both the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of a system using feedback. Based on this key concept, algorithms are derived for the design of control systems using controller structures such as state feedback, output feedback, observer-based dynamic feedback, implicit and explicit modelfollowing, etc. The simple-to-use algorithms are well suited to evolve practical engineering solutions.

    The design of control laws for modern fly-by-wire high performance aircraft/rotorcraft offers some unique design challenges. The control laws have to provide a satisfactory interface between the pilot and the vehicle that results in good handling qualities (HQ) in precision control tasks. This book, through detailed aircraft and rotorcraft design examples, illustrates how to develop practical, robust flight control laws to meet these HQ requirements.

    This book demonstrates that eigenstructure control theory can be easily adapted and infused into the aircraft industry's stringent design practices; therefore practicing flight control engineers will find it useful to explore the use of the new design concepts discussed. The book, being interdisciplinary in nature, encompassing control theory and flight dynamics, should be of interest to both control and aeronautical engineers. In particular, control researchers will find it interesting to explore an extension of the theory to new multivariable control problem formulations. Finally, the book should be of interest to graduate/doctoral students keen on learning a multivariable control technique that is useful in the design of practical control systems.

  • Advanced control for constrained processes and systems / Fabricio Garelli, Ricardo J. Mantz and Hernan de Battista

    This book provides a unified, practically-oriented treatment to many constrained control paradigms. Recently proposed control strategies are unified in a generalised framework to deal with different kinds of constraints. The book's solutions are based on reference conditioning ideas implemented by means of supervisory loops, and they are complementary to any other control technique used for the main control loop. Although design simplicity is a book priority, the use of well established sliding mode concepts for theoretical analysis make it also rigorous and self-contained.

    The first part of the book focuses on providing a simple description of the method to deal with system constraints in SISO systems. It also illustrates the design and implementation of the developed techniques through several case studies. The second part is devoted to multivariable constrained control problems: improving system decoupling under different plant or controller constraints, and reducing the undesired effects caused by manual-automatic or controller switching. The key aim of this book is to reduce the gap between the available constrained control literature and industrial applications.

  • Continuous time controller design / R. Balasubramanian
    TJ 216 B34 1989

    This book covers theoretical methods for the design of continuous time controllers for linear multivariate systems. It is intended for use by those wishing to build on a first course in control systems, either to expand their knowledge as practising engineers or as postgraduate students doing higher degrees in control engineering.

    Based on material used in graduate courses taught by Professor Balasubramanian at the University of New Brunswick, this book brings together state space and frequency domain design methods for linear multivariable systems. It compares their similarities and highlights the advantages or disadvantages of the various approaches for particular applications. Divided into eleven chapters this book covers in some depth: state space design methods, frequency domain methods for multivariable systems, characteristic locus desiqn methods and stochastic control problems.

  • Energy : resources, technologies and the environment / Christian Ngô ; preface by Bernard Bigot ; translated from French by Jeremy Hamand
    TJ 163.2 N4613 2010eb

    This book is aimed at students and professionals as well as anyone interested in having a global vision and perspective on energy.

    Over the past two centuries the use of coal, and later oil and gas, to produce energy has allowed an unprecedented increase in the standard of living. Over the past fifty years the development of nuclear energy has given access to an even more powerful source of energy and more recently there has been a revival of interest in renewable energy sources.

    This new edition has been fully updated, describing energy sources from the past, from today and for the future as well as focussing on their usages by looking at all the different issues (technological, economic, environmental, etc.). Each source of energy is presented with its advantages and disadvantages.

    This book gives advice on how to use energy more efficiently in order to become less dependent upon fossil fuels, which are slowly being depleted and becoming more and more expensive. The inclusion of many tables and figures allows the reader to compare data on energy (reserves, consumption, production, etc.).

  • Spacecraft technology : the early years / by Mark Williamson
    TL 788.5 W49 2006

    Spacecraft Technology: The early years charts the fascinating story of the early Space Age, encompassing the launch of the first satellites and the landing of men on the Moon. While concentrating on the most significant technology developments, it places them in the context of historical events, specific missions and the individuals that made it all happen.

    Following a chapter on the pre-history of space exploration and another on the development of rocketry, the book covers the early development of space science satellites, Earth observation satellites, communications satellites, lunar probes and manned space capsules.

    Three chapters are dedicated to the hardware designed for the Apollo programme and its role in transporting men to the Moon, landing them there and transporting them across the lunar surface.

    Spacecraft Technology: The early years is aimed at scientists and engineers with an interest in the history of space activity and the general reader who enjoys delving into the background of modern technology.

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