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.


SKILL C1 (30 hours)
- 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.
SKILL C2 (30 hours)
- 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.

The course provides the basic notions for the analysis of control systems and for the tuning of PID controllers.
The course provides some of the skills required by the 2010 STCW International Convention to access the professional figures of Deck Officer and Engineer, implemented by the Ministerial Decree MIT 19 December 2016 "Training path to access the professional figures of Deck Officer and Engine Officer Student "as amended by MIT Ministerial Decree no. 35 of 10/10/2018.
In particular, the skills provided by the course include those specified in Annex II of the previous decree for Engineer Officer Pupils, namely:
C1. Control systems: characteristics and methodologies of the various automatic control systems (30h)
C2. Control systems: the proportional-integral-derivative control characteristics and the systems of the associated devices for process control (18h)
Further details relating to the skills acquired are provided in the extended program.

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.