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Design of Feedback Control Systems (Oxford Series in Electrical and Computer Engineering) [Hardcover]

Raymond T. Stefani , Bahram Shahian , Clement J. Savant , Gene H. Hostetter
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August 30, 2001 0195142497 978-0195142495 4
Design of Feedback Control Systems is designed for electrical and mechanical engineering students in advanced undergraduate control systems courses. Now in its fourth edition, this tutorial-style textbook has been completely updated to include the use of modern analytical software, especially MATLAB®. It thoroughly discusses classical control theory and state variable control theory, as well as advanced and digital control topics. Each topic is preceded by analytical considerations that provide a well-organized parallel treatment of analysis and design. Design is presented in separate chapters devoted to root locus, frequency domain, and state space viewpoints. Treating the use of computers as a means rather than as an end, this student-friendly book contains new "Computer-Aided Learning" sections that demonstrate how MATLAB® can be used to verify all figures and tables in the text. Clear and accessible, Design of Feedback Control Systems, Fourth Edition, makes complicated methodology comprehensible to a wide spectrum of students.


· Keyed to today's dominant design tool, MATLAB®

· Includes drill problems for gauging knowledge and skills after each topic

· Provides state-of-the-art design examples

· Uses marginal summaries to guide the reader

· Introduces new ideas in the context of previous material, with a guide to the information that follows

· Presents practical examples of the latest advances in control sciences

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"An excellent text book that explains the basic concepts to the beginner in a very lucid way, yet goes on to cover many advanced topics in sufficient detail."--Ajeet Singh, DeVry Technical Institute

About the Author

Raymond T. Stefani, Bahram Shahian, and Gene Hostetter are all at California State University, Long Beach.

Product Details

  • Series: Oxford Series in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Hardcover: 848 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press; 4 edition (August 30, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195142497
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195142495
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 7.6 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #887,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Textbook for Learning August 11, 2011
This book is a very well written text intended for students. It has a good number of drills with answers that checks your learning at every step. Every chapter has detailed interesting applications. It has the most complete treatment of inverted pendulum problems not available in any book. It also has the simplest treatment of advanced state space topics along with robust control. You will not find a simpler treatment of robust control in any other book. It has a balanced treatment of classical and modern control. Most books just show you a step response in state space design. This book shows root locus and Bode plots of state space design problems and clearly links the two sides. Other books follow the treatment of this great book. The only shortcoming is a lack of nonlinear analysis and a weak digital control treatment. But for continuous linear systems this is a great book to learn from. It is also great for self study.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible book and hard to follow March 16, 2013
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This is supposed to be an introductory text in classical control systems, but it skips over some fundamental concepts that should be at least reviewed. It's a little bit better than Dorf & Bishop, but I think I prefer Nise's book. It does offer lots of drills throughout the sections and many problems at the end of the chapters, but the drills aren't worked out.
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3.0 out of 5 stars An OK book on design of Feedback Control Systems July 9, 2006
The topics are presented in a clear way, using many examples and illustrations.

I own several books on Control Systems (including this one), but if you have to buy just one and you are in the middle of the process of choosing it, I would recommend Katsuhiko Ogata's Modern Control Engineering.

This is a good textbook, but considering its price, it's not a great buy.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible March 8, 2010
I can't even begin to imagine what the first three editions of this book were like... This book has many errors in it including answers to examples and drill problems. In addition, there are so few useful examples and in those examples, steps are often skipped and the answer magically appears with no good explanation at all. In the time that I've been a student at university, I have never encountered such a terrible book. The lack of examples and coherent language really makes this book a waste of paper. You better hope you have a good professor if you use this book.
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