Best Reference Books – Control Theory

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We have compiled the list of Top 10 Best Reference Books on Control Theory 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 Theory along with reviews.

Kindly note that we have put a lot of effort into researching the best books on Control Theory 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 Theory" 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 Ogata K

“Modern Control Engineering” Book Review: This textbook provides comprehensive coverage of control engineering. The text provides a gradual development of control theory, shows how to solve all computational problems with MATLAB, and avoids highly mathematical arguments. The book helps its seekers understand the concept with loads of examples. It is essential for the control engineers since it discusses the various important topics beginning from Laplace transform; mathematical modeling of mechanical systems, electrical systems, fluid systems, and thermal systems; transient and steady-state-response analyses, etc.

2. “Automatic Control Systems” by Kuo B C and Golnaraghi F

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“Automatic Control Systems” Book Review: This book integrates the subject with mechatronics. It follows a revolutionary approach by actually including a physical lab. The book also doesn’t fail to provide a complete coverage of modern design tools and examples. Current mechatronics applications and how it proves itself to be useful in today’s day-to-day lifestyle, builds the motivation to learn the material. Extensive use of virtual lab software is also integrated throughout the chapters. This book is for the engineers who seek to have a strong understanding of control systems with the help of modern examples and exercises.

3. “Linear Control Systems Analysis and Design – Conventional and Modern” by D`Azzo J J and Houpis C H

“Linear Control Systems Analysis and Design – Conventional and Modern” Book Review: A textbook for classroom learning. It provides a complete overview of the modern control theory and conventional control system. It uses diagrams and tabulated information to help its learners learn and remember the concepts. The level of mathematics is not very high since the book was written to help undergraduates build their foundation. It also helps understand the applications of the theory. Each CADAC uses fundamental concepts to ensure the viability of a computer solution. The recent editions give MATLAB examples to enhance learning.

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4. “Control Theory” by Torkel Glad and Lennart Ljung

“Control Theory” Book Review: This textbook covers both the important topics, Multivariate systems as well as nonlinear systems. It attempts at explaining the two systems along with its applications with the help of computer aided design platforms such as MATLAB. This book presents the relevant mathematics in simple and adequate steps. This helps build a strong foundation in the theory of the subject. The practical boundaries of the subject are explored. This textbook is written for the final year engineering graduates and postgraduates. Professional engineers will also welcome it as a core reference.

5. “Modern Control Theory” by Bakshi U A
6. “Modern Control Theory” by William L Brogan

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“Modern Control Theory” Book Review: This textbook has numerous solved examples helping build a good knowledge in the subject theoretically. Each of the set of problems are along with their text therefore establishing strong basics. It can serve as a good starting point for a student to build a mathematical maturity for control theory.The text is organized in such a way to ensure understanding of the basics.

7. “Control Systems Engineering (Theory and Problem)” by D P Kothari

“Control Systems Engineering (Theory and Problem)” Book Review: The book begins with the fundamentals of the subject and works with the exploration of various techniques and approaches in solving problems. It even has objective questions that help logical thinking for the solutions of the problems. The author has mostly focused on the research areas such as Load Flow Study, Application of Fuzzy Logic, Artificial Neural Networks and Differential Evaluation in Electric Power Distribution Systems.

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8. “Control Systems: Theory and Applications” by Smarajit Ghosh
9. “Optimal Control Theory: An Introduction (Dover Books on Electrical Engineering)” by Donald E Kirk

“Optimal Control Theory: An Introduction (Dover Books on Electrical Engineering)” Book Review: It is the study of efficiently increasing the returns from and reducing the cost of the operation of physical, social, and economic processes. This book’s target audience are undergraduates with basic understanding of the subject. It deals with three parts of the subject: dynamic programming, Pontryagin’s minimum principle, and numerical techniques for trajectory optimization. It is a go-to text for the Optimal Control Theory enthusiasts.

10. “Advanced control Theory” by A Nagoor Kani
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