Best Reference Books – Automatic Control Engineering

We have compiled a list of Best Reference Books on Automatic Control Engineering Subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges.

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We have put a lot of effort into researching the best books for reference on this subject and came out with a recommended list of best books. The table below contains a review of these books and links to the Amazon website to directly purchase these books. As an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases, but this does not impact our reviews, comparisons, and listing of these books; the table serves as a ready reckoner list of these best books.

1. “Modern Control Engineering” by K Ogata

Book Review: This is a very good control theory book for graduate students in the field of mechanical, electrical, chemical and aerospace engineering. The book also provides complete coverage of continuous time control systems thereby including frequency response approach, root locus approach and state space approach. The book also demonstrates the solving of computational problems with MATLAB. The book also contains numerous examples and problems. The book contains newer chapters on root locus analysis and frequency response analysis. This book is very useful for control system engineers.

2. “Automatic Control Systems” by B C Kuo

Book Review: This book is very useful for engineers and stresses mostly on mechatronics and various concepts of mechatronics. The book also includes a physical lab with various experiments. The book also covers modern design tools and examples. The book makes use of virtual lab software to demonstrate various chapters. Since the book has numerous modern examples and exercises, it is of great use to the engineers and they will gain a firm understanding of the control systems.

3. “Modern Control Systems” by R C Dorf and R H Bishop

Book Review: This book presents the structure of feedback control theory and provides a sequence of exciting discoveries. The book also illustrates real world and global engineering problems by taking into consideration design strategies like green technology. Various considerations are waste management, emissions reduction, and climate change and energy minimization. The book also discusses concepts like green engineering and its applications like wind turbine control and photovoltaic generator modeling. The book also covers topics like classical control, root locus design and frequency and response design.

4. “Control Systems Engineering” by N S Nise

Book Review: This is a very good textbook in the field of mechanical and electrical engineering. The book deals more with computer aided design and contains numerous problems. The book also contains many case studies and virtual experiments which helps the students to implement workflows of practicing engineers. The problems in the book highlight biomedical, robotics and many other engineering applications. The book also includes analysis and design problem by taking the example of hybrid electric vehicle.

5. “Discrete-time Control Systems” by K Ogata

Book Review: This book discusses in depth the theoretical background that is needed for design of control systems. The book also contains a new chapter on polynomial equations that is used as an alternative to design control systems. The book also includes many examples and worked out problems on vector matrix operation types, response curve plotting and system design based quadratic optimal control. The book also stresses on the basic concepts and avoids advanced mathematical arguments.

7. “Schaum’s Outline of Feedback and Control Systems, 2nd Edition (Schaum’s Outline Series)” by Joseph J Distefano
8. “Flight Stability and Automatic Contro” by Robert C Nelson
9. “Process Imaging for Automatic Control” by McCann Scott
10. “Advances in Automatic Control” by Voicu

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