M E 387M M E 387M. Applied Dynamics and Feedback Control. 3 Hours.
Restricted to Option III Mechanical Engineering Master's degree students. Provides advanced tools for describing and controlling the motion of dynamical systems. Studies how to apply Newton's Second Law as well as Lagrange's equations to find equations of motion. Emphasis on rigid body dynamics as well as motion constraints arising in complex systems. Examines fundamental concepts in both the time and frequency domains to develop feedback controllers and thus advance from open loop simulation of dynamic systems to closed loop control. Introduces common control strategies and tools for designing and testing control systems. Uses MATLAB extensively throughout the course, and emphasizes applications to realistic systems, simulations and numerical solutions. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and admission to the Executive ME program.