Inside the Book

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Mathematical Models of Systems

Chapter 2 State Variable Models

Chapter 3 State Variable Models

Chapter 4 Performance of Feedback Control Systems

Chapter 5 Stability of Linear Feedback Systems

Chapter 6 Root Locus Method

Chapter 7 Frequency Response Methods

Chapter 8 Stability in the Frequency Domain

Chapter 9 Design of Feedback Control Systems

Chapter 10 Design of State Variable Feedback Systems

Chapter 11 Robust Control Systems

Chapter 12 Digital Control Systems



Welcome to Control System Design with LabVIEW

As a companion to the textbook Modern Control Systemsby Richard C. Dorf and Robert H. Bishop, this supplement provides a set of comprehensive tutorials and exercises utilizing the LabVIEW Control Design and Simulation Module. NI LabVIEW is a graphical and textual language for prototyping real control and signal processing systems, enabling a seamless flow from simulation to deployment on real-time control hardware. This text guides students through the process of modeling a system, analyzing the model to build a controller, and validating the robustness of the control system through simulation. Its contents and organization mirror the corresponding sections in MCS, making it an ideal teaching companion, especially when LabVIEW is being utilized in a corresponding controls laboratory.

It is assumed readers will have access to NI LabVIEW 2010 or later, the Control Design and Simulation Module, and Mathscript RT. With these tools the reader can easily build, simulate, and analyze the examples included in the text.  Solution VIs for many of the problems are included for use as a programming reference and can also be used as a starting point for solving more advanced design problems. All of the LabVIEW examples were developed and tested on a PC compatible with LabVIEW Express 2010. The VIs will be available to download from this page.

For students unfamiliar with LabVIEW, it will be very helpful to have access to the Learning with LabVIEW textbook by Robert H. Bishop, available from Prentice Hall. For readers new to LabVIEW control, a wealth of documentation exists. Please see .

We wish to express appreciation to Andy Chang at National Instruments and to Jorge Alvarez at The University of Texas at Austin for their work in creating the LabVIEW VIs and the screen captures used in the making of this companion text. Special thanks also to the folks at National Instruments, especially Erik Luther and Dr. Jeannie Falcon, for their continued support.