Cannot be taken with: ACS2214

Co-requisites: ACS340, MAS244

Aims/Description: This unit covers methods to represent, analyse and design linear dynamic systems of first or higher order in the discrete domain. This particular module will allow students to discover why digitisation may be needed and how it would be implemented on modern systems, industrial or life-science based. Sampling via Shannon-Nyquist, aliasing, sample holding (data extrapolation), the manipulation of the algebra relating to discrete blocks in open and closed loops, absolute/relative stability and finally the digital control designs will allow students to draw parallels with similar topics already covered in the continuous domain. In addition to this theme, the unit will also include lectures on the principles of sensors and instrumentation, actuation, digital data acquisition, signal pre-processing and hardware interfaces with an emphasis on AD/DA conversions.

Staff Contact: Prof M Mahfouf
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Problem solving, Laboratory work, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Lab work

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