Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

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Course of Bachelor's Degree Programme on COMMAND AND MANAGEMENT OF A MARINE VESSEL
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Prof. ARIOLA Marco
First Semester
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Course description

Expected results according to the Dublin descriptors.
- Knowledge and ability to understand: the student must be able to analyze linear systems and understand the specifications of a control system.
- Ability to apply knowledge and understanding: Design of PID controllers using MATLAB-SIMULINK.
- Making judgments: develop the ability to critically assess the closed-loop behavior of a control system.
- Communication skills: ability to clearly express procedures and results regarding system analysis and standard controller design.
- Ability to learn: know how to integrate knowledge from various sources in order to achieve a broad vision of the problems related to the closed-loop behavior of control systems.


It is necessary to have acquired the main contents provided by the courses of physics and calculus.


- Complex numbers and their representation (2 hours).
- Dynamical systems (4 hours).
Input and output variables. Linear systems. Superposition principle.
- Laplace domain analysis of LTI continuous-time systems (12 hours).
Laplace's transformation. Inverse Laplace transform. Transfer function. Calculation of the forced evolution of an LTI system in the Laplace domain.
- Block diagrams (4 hours).
Serial, parallel and feedback connections.
- The harmonic response function (8 hours).
Steady-state sinusoidal response. Filtering action. Bode diagrams.
- PID controllers (10 hours).
Specification of a control system. PID controllers. Ziegler and Nichols tuning method.
- Matlab and Simulink (8 hours).
Use of Simulink for dynamical systems simulation and for controller design.

Teaching Methods

Frontal lectures; classroom exercises; lab sessions with MATLAB-SIMULINK.


Karl Johan Astrom, Richard M. Murray,
Feedback Systems:
An Introduction for Scientists and Engineers, Second edition, 2020

Learning assessment

The exam is divided into a written test and an oral test. The written test consists of three numerical exercises with an assigned score. The written test is intended to be passed with a minimum score of 16. In the oral exam, which can be performed on the same day or after a few days, the ability to link and compare different aspects treated during the course is evaluated. The final score is calculated as an average of the score of the written exam and the score of the oral exam.

More information

Lectures are in Italian. The professor is fluent in English and is available to interact with students in English, also during the examination.