Best Reference Books – Control Engineering

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We have compiled the list of Top 10 Best Reference Books on Control Engineering subject. These books are used by students of top universities, institutes and colleges. Here is the full list of top 10 best books on Control Engineering along with reviews.

Kindly note that we have put a lot of effort into researching the best books on Control Engineering subject and came out with a recommended list of top 10 best books. The table below contains the Name of these best books, their authors, publishers and an unbiased review of books on "Control Engineering" as well as 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 top books; the table serves as a ready reckoner list of these best books.

1. “Modern Control Engineering” by K Ogatta

“Modern Control Engineering” Book Review: The textbook discusses the various aspects and concepts of control engineering. The coverage of the book includes continuous-time control systems, frequency response approach, root-locus approach, and state-space approach to analysis and design of control systems. The book is fairly mathematical in its approach and thus requires a good mathematical background for comfortable learning. It covers Root-Locus Analysis, Frequency-Response Analysis and demonstrates the treatment of computational problems using MATLAB. It is supplemented with an abundant number of examples and worked problems for complete understanding.

2. “Automatic Control Systems” by Francis H Raven

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“Automatic Control Systems” Book Review: The book deals with automatic control systems and its applications in design of precision control devices as well as massive equipment. The coverage of the book includes representation of typical control systems by block diagrams, Microprocessors, nonlinear components, application of linear differential equations that describe the operation of control systems, general characteristics of transient behavior; the application of the root-locus method to the design of control systems; the use of the analog computer to simulate control systems; state-space methods; digital control systems; frequency-response methods; and system compensation. The book also includes several examples, sample problems and end chapter problems for extensive practice.

3. “Control Systems” by M Gopal

“Control Systems” Book Review: The book provides a complete coverage of the various aspects of control engineering such as analysis, design, mathematics, practice, theory and hardware. It provides a strong introduction to frequency-domain design methods for analysis and design of continuous time control systems. The book addresses topics such as frequency-response, root locus and state-variable methods, digital control of systems, models for practical control systems design, PID Control etc. The book is supplemented with real world problems, examples and exercises. It also demonstrates MATLAB applications of practical problems with industrial relevance.

4. “Control Systems” by I J Nagarath and M Gopal

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“Control Systems” Book Review: The book discusses the theory of control systems, both continuous-time and discrete-time. The coverage of the book includes Mathematical Models of Physical Systems, Feedback Characteristics of Control Systems, Control Systems and Components, Time Response Analysis, Design Specifications and Performance Indices, Concepts of Stability and Algebraic Criteria, The Root Locus Technique, Frequency Response Analysis, Stability in Frequency Domain, Introduction to Design, Digital Control Systems, State Variable Analysis and Design etc. It also addresses Liapunov’s Stability Analysis, Optimal Control Systems, Nonlinear Systems and Advances in Control Systems. The book can benefit engineering students in electronics, electrical engineering and related fields.

5. “Control Systems Engineering” by Norman S Nise

“Control Systems Engineering” Book Review: The textbook deals with control system engineering with a practical approach and elaborate explanations. It consists of thirteen chapters in total, covering the various concepts of control systems. The coverage of the book includes Modeling in the Frequency Domain, Modeling in the Time Domain, Time Response, Reduction of Multiple Subsystems, Steady-State Errors, Root Locus Techniques, Design via Root Locus, Frequency Response Techniques, Design via Frequency Response, Stability etc. It also demonstrates the use of MATLAB, the Control System Toolbox, Simulink, the Symbolic Math Toolbox etc for practical understanding.

6. “Control Systems: Theory and Applications” by Smarajit Ghosh

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“Control Systems: Theory and Applications” Book Review: The book discusses in detail, the theory and applications of control systems. It consists of nineteen chapters in total. The coverage of the book includes chapters such as NonLinear Control Systems, Digital Control Systems, State Variable Approach, Nyquist Plot, Polar Plot, Bode Plot, Frequency Domain Analysis, Feedback Characteristics of Control Systems, Mathematical Modelling of Physical Systems, Laplace Transform and Matrix Algebra etc. The book provides sufficient coverage on the mathematical concepts that would be required for understanding the concepts. Each chapter contains ‘Significant Points’, numerous solved examples and exercises for practice.

7. “Environmental Pollution Control Engineering” by C S Rao

“Environmental Pollution Control Engineering” Book Review: The book provides discussions on Environmental Pollution Control Engineering. It covers the principles of the origin of air, water and land pollutants, their effect on the environment and the methods available to control them, the demographic and environmental trends, energy consumption patterns and their impact on the environment etc. It also addresses application of the physical and chemical engineering concepts to the design of pollution control equipment, quality monitoring and control of specific major pollutants and management of hazardous wastes. The book can benefit undergraduate as well as postgraduate engineering students.

8. “Linear Control Systems with MATLAB Applications” by B S Manke

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“Linear Control Systems with MATLAB Applications” Book Review: The book discusses control systems with an emphasis on MATLAB applications and focussing on linear control systems. The coverage of the book includes transfer function, block diagrams, signal flow graphs, modelling of control systems, three response analysis of control systems, stability analysis of control systems, Compensation of control systems, introduction to state space analysis of control systems etc. The book is supplemented with solved examples, objective type questions, short answer type questions, charts, tables and key formula. The answers and solutions to all the unsolved questions and problems are also provided.

9. “Control Systems Theory with Engineering Applications (Control Engineering)” by imusti

“Control Systems Theory with Engineering Applications (Control Engineering)” Book Review: The book provides elaborate discussions on the various applications of information and systems theories in the analysis of various dynamic systems such as electromechanical and industrial systems, chemical and technological processes etc. The coverage of the book includes applied multivariable control, an introduction to linear state-space concept, principles and methods of non-linear dynamic systems, constrained optimization of continuous and discrete time systems, Newtonian mechanics and Lagrange equations of motion etc. It makes use of numerous illustrative examples, practical engineering problems as well as examples demonstrating MATLAB applications. The book can serve as an essential resource for both students and practicing engineers.

10. “Adaptive Control (Communications and Control Engineering)” by imusti

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“Adaptive Control (Communications and Control Engineering)” Book Review: The book deals with control systems engineering with emphasis on techniques of adaptive control that can facilitate automatic adjustment of control parameters in real time when the dynamic parameters of the process are unknown or variable. The book covers synthesis and analysis of parameter adaptation algorithms, recursive plant-model identification in open and closed loop, robust digital control for adaptive control, direct and indirect adaptive control etc. The book also focuses on the application of digital computers for adaptive control techniques and discrete time aspects. It also addresses the practical aspects and applications.

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