Introduction to feedback
Section one: Introduction to Feedback
This chapter is on the theme of linear feedback control. For example, with G(s) representing a system, M(s) a compensator and d an input disturbance signal:
This section focuses on an introduction to the concepts of feedback. Why is it needed? How do we conceptualise and implement feedback? What is the impact on behaviour and hence, through examples, some motivation for more systematic analysis.
1. Why is feedback important?
A number of simple examples illustrating how the use of feedback is everywhere and essential to ensure effective functioning of our world and devices we use.
2. Human feedback
A simplistic insight into how humans use feedback to control the world around them. The concepts learnt here underpin how we could implement automated feedback to save human labour and improve efficacy.
3. Feedback implementation
This section illustrates the components and structures needed to implement and automate a typical feedback loop.
4. Impact of feedback
This section demonstrates through simple examples how introducing feedback changes the way systems behave. It is mostly focussed on concepts and some simple engineering illustrations.
Feedback has an impact notes (PDF, 647KB).
Feedback impact case study notes (PDF, 578KB).
5. Feedback impact analysis
An introductory and concise overview of how simple proportional feedback changes the behaviour of first, second and high order systems. Use the analysis section to see more detail and derivations.
6. MATLAB tools
This section summarises some basic MATLAB commands that can be used to help in the analysis of simple feedback systems.
MATLAB commands for feedback notes (PDF, 522KB).