An Interdisciplinary Control Systems Course for Engineering Technologists: Description of Lecture Topics and Laboratory Experiments

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Conference Proceeding

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ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, Conference Proceedings


The development of an interdisciplinary course in control systems designed to be taken jointly by mechanical engineering technology (MET) and electronics technology (EET) students is discussed. The course focuses on the interdisciplinary nature of control systems and represents a departure from the traditional approach of teaching a separate control systems to each engineering technology discipline. The coursework begins with basic concepts and terminology and moves through a set progressively more challenging control problems involving the key elements of servo control, and process control. Theory-reinforcing laboratory experiments include dc motor characterization and speed control, liquid level and flow control.