Reduced degree-of-freedom helicopter apparatus, used during lab assignments for this course. (Image courtesy of OCW.)
This course site features a fully downloadable classic textbook
on nonlinear control systems, Multiple-Input Describing Functions and Nonlinear System Design
, written by Arthur Gelb and Professor Wallace Vander Velde.
This course focuses on the design of control systems. Topics covered include: frequency domain and state space techniques; control law design using Nyquist diagrams and Bode plots; state feedback, state estimation, and the design of dynamic control laws; and elementary analysis of nonlinearities and their impact on control design. There is extensive use of computer-aided control design tools. Applications to various aerospace systems, including navigation, guidance, and control of vehicles, are also discussed.