Università degli Studi di Napoli "Parthenope"

Teaching schedule

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Course of Master's Degree Programme on ENGINEERING MANAGEMENT
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Prof. ARIOLA Marco
Second 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 industrial control systems and PID controllers.
- Ability to apply knowledge and understanding: Evaluation of control systems performance. Use of software packages (MATLAB, OCTAVE...) to evaluate control systems performance.
- Making judgments: develop the ability to critically assess the behavior of a closed-loop control system.
- Communication skills: ability to clearly express procedures and results regarding closed-loop control systems.
- Ability to learn: know how to integrate knowledge from various sources in order to achieve a broad vision of the problems related to the behavior of closed-loop control systems.


It is necessary to have acquired the main contents provided by the course of Automatic Control.


- Notions of automatic control (10 hours).
Nominal and robust stability; Nyquist criterion; requirements of a control system.
- The root locus (10 hours).
Tracing of the root locus; design of a control system using the root locus.
- Design of digital control systems (20 hours).
Analog-to-digital and digital-to-analog converters: their frequency characterization. Design through discretization of a time-continuous system. Design using the root locus.
- PID controllers and their implementation (8 hours).
PID controllers. Integral action anti-windup techniques; bumpless transfer techniques.
- Laboratory activities (24 hours).
Use of Matlab and Simulink for the design and verification of the behavior of closed loop systems.

Teaching Methods

Frontal lectures; classroom exercises; lab sessions.


G. F. Franklin, J. David Powell, M. Workman, Digital Control of Dynamic Systems, Third Edition, Addison Wesley, 1998

Learning assessment

The exam is divided into a written test, a homework exercise and an oral test. The written test consists of two numerical exercises with an assigned score. The written test is intended to be passed with a minimum score of 16. The homework exercise consists of the design of a control system using Matlab. 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. Up to 5 points are assigned to the homework.

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.