Experience in synthesizing practical control systems for a helicopter model quantifies the strengths and weaknesses of this explicit one-shot approach to engineering applications. The synthesized autopilots are compared directly with those produced by design and it is concluded that a design approach based on synthesis is a formidable strategy for tackling industrial control problems.
The experience of designing practical control systems for a helicopter project demonstrates how sound knowledge of control engineering theory can become a formidable skill in designing robust controllers for industrial applications. The procedure that is followed closely mimics those that have been used successfully on many occasions to deal with control projects in typical industrial scenarios
This engineering monograph presents a novel mathematical framework for analysing large-scale interconnected dynamic systems, like those created through the automation of large industrial plants. The proposed theory is demonstrated by means of graded examples before being applied to a rod-milling plant in the mineral extraction industry.