Date of Award

1993

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics

Department

Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics

First Advisor

William Palm

Abstract

This paper presents a method for the design of control systems such that actuator performance limits are not exceeded. The maximum energy delivery concept and root locus analysis methods were used to find the gains for a pseudo-derivative feedback controller for a second order system with zero or first order numerator dynamics. The method has been implemented in a computer program which determines the gains and simulates response characteristics.

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