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### Why do we use step response? [duplicate]

We tend to identify systems more often by using the step response. Why? Especially when the impulse response is directly related to the transfer function?
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### Types and regulation schemes LDOs

LDOs, or low-dropout linear regulators, come in various types, but it can be difficult to distinguish them, and to the novice engineer, this regulator is often made to seem deceptively simple. Some ...
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### Integral only control (as opposed to PI or PID)

I am familiar with PI and PID control but I've recently been reviewing code that seems to use I (Integral) only control. What are the benefits of I control over PI control, and when should it be used /...
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### Are oscillators always non linear?

From linear systems theory, self-excited sustained oscillations are only possible by means of a marginally stable system, where poles are located exactly on the imaginary axis. However, such a ...
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### I want to find $\frac{\hat{\theta}}{\hat{T}}$

I have the following block diagram, and I want to find the transfer function $\frac{\hat{\theta}}{\hat{T}}$. I am not sure how to do this, I've got the rules of connection in a series or parallel, ...
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In the textbooks and reference material which I have been using during my course on control systems, a common definition of steady-state error is as follows: $$E(s)=R(s)-C(s)$$ where E(s) is the error ...
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### Intuitively, why does gain margin and phase margin infer instability in feedback system?

On MATLAB https://www.mathworks.com/help/control/ref/margin.html, gain margin and phase margin are additional gain in the system and additional delay in the phase of the system such that the system ...
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### Difference between a controller (e.g PD) and a compensator(e.g Lead)?

Really.What is it?Can't find anything anywhere related to it...Please don't give fancy examples.Just tell me the difference
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### Why linearise around an equilibrium point?

In the control theory dealt in class I was taught to always linearise a nonlinear system around an equilibrium point, i.e., where $$\dot x = 0$$ However, linearization is a Taylor series expansion, ...
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### Should the error term of PID be normalized?

By "normalized", I mean +/-1 ~= the maximum error the system can reasonably be expected to experience, or divided by the setpoint. Background: I am working on a PID controller for an SSR heater ...
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### Nyquist stability criterion for positive feedback

it is known that the stability of a system with negative feedback may be analized through the Nyquist stability criterion, which is based on observing the number of turns around the point (-1;0) in ...
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### Understanding the role of Pole zeros cancellation from the definition of stability

I have encountered the following theorem in a book. According to me, I can get an asymptotically stable system even if cancellations exist for the unstable poles. my example, Then Why does this book ...
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### Connection between PID, Pole placement and LQR

I am trying to control a wheeled inverted pendulum with a PID controller. I already designed a linear quadratic regulator (LQR) and a pole placement regulator (PPR). I would like to design a PID ...
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### Closed loop transfer function problem

Let's say we have the basic feedback system of the picture We know that the closed loop transfer function is given by $$T(s)=\frac{G(s)}{1+G(s)H(s)}$$ Now, the diagram above is equivalent to an open ...
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### Steps to hand draw Bode magnitude plot for a particular transfer function

Can anyone guide me through how to hand draw a correct Bode magnitude plot for $$G(s) = \dfrac{48000}{s(s+0.1)(s+100)}$$ Don't even need phase plot, just need correct magnitude plot As few ...
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### Why is a system description in control theory important?

If you want to control a system (with a loop controller), why actually do you need to know anything about the system itself (its dynamics or the transfer function or impulse response or whatever)? Isn'...
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### What happens when P controller's gain equals zero?

For example, I use Routh-Hurwitz Cirterion to examine the following system with P controller gain $K$: $$\frac{{K\left( {2 - s} \right)}}{{{s^3} + 3{s^2} + 5s + 3}}$$ I closed loop it with $H=1$ ...
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### Transfer function of a digital phase frequency detector

I'm confused about the transfer function of a digital phase frequency detector. Why can we say that the pfd output is proportional to the phase error? The pfd (with charge pump) generates current ...
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### Sensorless driving of 3 phase BLDC motor for gimbal applications?

I have started to work on a project of mines, which consists in implementing the stabilization of a single axis gimbal using a generic microcontroller (STM32 or Arduino Uno). The gimbal axis is ...
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### How to find system overshoot (Mp) from Bode diagram

In some questions (in linear control theory) it is desired to design a controller to change the system overshoot (Mp), my question is: Is it possible to find Mp or damping factor directly from Bode ...
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### limits of performance

I am trying to understand a topic on limits of performance. So there is a delay of tau between input and output so the transfer function becomes G(s)*e^-(tau *s). I am unable to understand the ...
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### Linear regulator loop dynamics

Given a step change in the input voltage of a standard op-amp based linear regulator, a finite amount of time is needed for the op-amp to sense the voltage difference at its input and do whatever it ...
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### Root locus problem

The problem consists of two questions: a) Find k so that one of the roots is at s=-2 $$(s+1)^5+k=0$$ b) for the value of k you just found find the rest roots using root locus. Regarding the first ...
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### Stability & error from nyquist POLAR plot?

I have been given the following Nyquist polar plot of an unknown transfer function, along with the fact that this system is openloop stable: Now I can directly see this is a type 1 system. - So there ...
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### Bode plot of transfer function?

I am having trouble where to start an attempt at sketching the Bode plot for the following transfer function: I know I need to rewrite it into its proper form, making both the lowest-order term in ...
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### Layman explanation of “dynamics” or “dynamic behaviour”

I often read the term dynamics or dynamic behaviour in electrical engineering especially in control systems course What is meant by it? Is it means that the system whose internal state/properties ...
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### Feedback Circuit schematic to Control Theory block diagram?

I'm studying analog electronics circuit with feedback. I see that, during analysis, a useful abstraction over the schematic is the block diagram in control theory style, but I stuggle in deriving it ...
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### Finding the overall transfer function and plotting root locus of a digital control system

I have started to learn about digital control theory and struggling with a particular diagram of a digital control system. The system is presented below: $D(z)$ is a digital compensator, $G_{h0}$ ...
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### Looking for a quote on dynamic system identification

Does anyone know of a quote by an eminent control theorist or controls engineer or book author who I could reference who said something along the lines of the following: The process of control ...
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### Determining Number of states in State Space Modeling

I want to use state space modeling for representing the following circuit system. However, I am unable to decide the number of states. I am able to describe the system with a set of three equations. ...
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### Control system error based on differential process value

In a basic PID controller, you measure the process value y (such as temperature) directly; then the error e is equal to the difference between the process value and the set point r. The error feeds a ...