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ME 5303 - Classical Methods of
Control Systems Analysis and Synthesis

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Software for Control System Analysis and Simulation Note that there is a plethora of software available for analysis and simulation of control and dynamic systems.This list is a very short list compiled as it relates to software that is available either for free (unde the GNU licensing) or for commercial software available in the MAE CAD lab or inexpensively at UTA. A list of numerical analysis software could be found at wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_numerical_analysis_software.

  • Scilab is a free (under the GNU licensing agreement) general purpose numerical analysis and visualization software system developed at INRIA in France . This software is similar to MATLAB in usage and structure. You can find more info at http://www.scilab.org.
    Scilab resources: SCILAB resources are available at many places on the internet;
  • Mathematica (http://www.wolfram.com) is a computer algebra system that could be used to perform both numerical and symbolic computations.
    You could find controls system analysis related information through a web search using appropriate keywords (mathematica and controls). Let me know what you find and I will post it if appropriate
  • RootLocs is a software package for plotting Root Locus, Frequency Response and Transient Response plots. It can be found at http://coppice.myzen.co.uk/. If you use the software, make sure you understand its limitations as described in the help manual.
  • Maple (http://www.maplesoft.com) a computer algebra system that could be used to perform both numerical and symbolic computations. It is useful in evaluating closed form expressions for manipulators.
    You could find controls system analysis related information through a web search using appropriate keywords (mathematica and controls). Let me know what you find and I will post it if appropriate

    MapleSim is a Maple add-on for multi-domain system modeling, simulation and analysis. It provides resources to develop pictorial representation of electromechanical systems using icons and then simulate the system and in addition obtain the dynamic equations in Maple format for further control analysis.
  • MATLAB and Simulink (http://www.mathworks.com) is a general purpose numerical analysis and visualization tool. It is available in the MAE CAD lab and university computer labs.

 

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