Module Overview

Instrumentation & Control Syst

The aim of this subject is to enable the student to apply mathematical formulae and techniques to the solution of engineering control problems. In a workplace context the student should be able to analyse and model an engineering problem and apply an appropriate control strategy

Module Code

INST H3002

ECTS Credits


*Curricular information is subject to change

Static & Dynamic characteristics

Static & Dynamic characteristics of measurement and control systems. Error analysis in measurement systems. Measurement of electrical signals.

Signal Processing

Amplification, attenuation, filters. Digital Components: Op-Amp circuits, A/D conversion, Sample and Hold, Sampling and use of z Transforms

Introduction to control systems

Components of a control system, open loop and closed loop, system behaviour, standard inputs.

Modelling Equations

First order systems, theory & examples, system response, solution by differential equations

Second order systems

2nd order transfer functions, step ramp and frequency response, 2nd order examples

Solving for System behavior

Transfer functions, first order system response using Laplace transforms.Closed loop transfer functions, effect of feedback on system behavior. Type Number and Steady State Error

Block Diagram Reduction

Reduction of complex systems, block diagram reduction rules, systems with multiple inputs

Control strategies

On/off, proportional, PI, PID. Ziegler Nichols tuning of three term controllers.


Position and Speed Measurement Devices, Potentiometers Tachogenerators and Encoders.

Module Content & Assessment
Assessment Breakdown %
Other Assessment(s)30
Formal Examination70