This text ventures into areas which the majority of control system books avoid. It was written to look at the area in a much wider form than the usual process control or machine control-systems. Many topics which are covered in other specialities are covered such as the stability of amplifiers, phase-locked loops, structural resonance and parasitic oscillations. It also covers the application and implementation of real-time digital controllers and for the first time the Amplitude-locked loop. An even wider look at the area is shown by examining classical or historic mathematical algorithms in terms of control-theory. Despite its wide range, the book is tutorial in nature and tries to avoid where possible an obtuse mathematical approach. It comes with MATLAB, LabView and a few Mathematica examples. The book is an ideal undergraduate text for engineers and a refresher for many practising engineers. It gives a thorough background in the analogue domain before moving on to digital-control and its applications. The proceeds from author royalties of this book will be donated to charity.
Tom Moir received his first degree in Control Engineering in 1979 and a Ph.D in 1983 on Estimation theory and Control.. He worked as a lecturer at Paisley College (later Paisley University and University of the West of Scotland) in Scotland from 1983- 1999. He then moved to New Zealand and worked at Massey University school of Engineering and Advanced Technology, followed by Auckland University of Technology (AUT) where he is currently an associate professor in the school of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences. Whilst in Paisley he also joined a small company called Ampsys Electronics as a research and design engineer. The work entailed design and research of special circuitry on applications of the Amplitude-Locked Loop which was patented by the same company.
He has published over 100 journal papers and a similar number of conference papers in signal-processing and control-systems. He is also known around the world for his pursuit in New-Zealand of a low-frequency noise prevailing in many parts of the country. This noise is commonly known as “The Hum”.
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