Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics


Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics

First Advisor

William J. Palm


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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