Course detail

Control of Machines and Drives

FSI-ERSAcad. year: 2022/2023

The content of the course can be divided into three interconnected parts. In the first part, students will focus on the basic concepts of automatic control and logic control. In the second part, students will learn about control in the area of continuous and discrete systems. In the third part, students will learn about the individual parts of the regulatory chain.

Language of instruction


Number of ECTS credits


Mode of study

Not applicable.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Ability to analyze and design linear continuous and discrete feedback control systems. Students will acquire basic knowledge of automation, description and classification of control systems and determination of their characteristics. Students will be able to solve stability problems of control systems. Students will be able to choose suitable components of the control circuit with respect to the control requirements.


Basic knowledge of mathematics including solution of the system of ordinary differential equations, physics and electrical engineering.


Not applicable.

Planned learning activities and teaching methods

The course is taught in the form of lectures that have the character of explanation of basic principles and theory of the given discipline. Teaching is complemented by computer exercises that are focused on practical mastery of the subject matter covered in lectures.

Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes

The course is evaluated by credit and exam. Assesment methods and criteria linked to learning outcomes: Course-unit credit is awarded on condition of having attended the seminars actively and elaborated the task according to the instructions of the tutor on the last lesson of the seminar. The exam is written and is evaluated in the range of 0-100 points. The evaluation of the test result is given by the ECTS grading scale.

Course curriculum

Not applicable.

Work placements

Not applicable.


The aim of the course is to acquaint students with principles and means of control used in machinery and drives.

Specification of controlled education, way of implementation and compensation for absences

Controlled instruction is exercise. Exercises are compulsory. Attendance at seminars is checked and the level of knowledge is checked by solving practical tasks. Missed lessons must be completed with another group, or in exceptional cases by assigning homework on the topic. The level of elaboration of this work is evaluated by the teacher.

Recommended optional programme components

Not applicable.

Prerequisites and corequisites

Not applicable.

Basic literature

HOFREITER, Milan, 2018. Základy automatického řízení. 2. vydání. V Praze: České vysoké učení technické. ISBN 978-80-01-06380-4. (CS)
HOFREITER, Milan, 2016. Základy automatického řízení - příklady. 4. přepracované vydání. V Praze: České vysoké učení technické. ISBN 978-80-01-05899-2. (CS)
BALÁTĚ, Jaroslav, 2004. Automatické řízení. 2., přeprac. vyd. Praha: BEN - technická literatura. ISBN 80-730-0148-9. (CS)

Recommended reading

DRURY, Bill. Control techniques drives and controls handbook, 2nd edition. IET, 2001. (EN)


Classification of course in study plans

  • Programme B-STR-P Bachelor's

    specialization SSZ , 3. year of study, winter semester, compulsory
    specialization KSB , 3. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

  • Programme CŽV Lifelong learning

    branch CZV , 1. year of study, winter semester, compulsory

Type of course unit



26 hours, optionally

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Basic concepts of control, distribution of signals and systems (continuous vs. discrete).
2. Logic control - basic elements, simplification of logic circuits.
3. Mathematical description of continuous systems, Laplac transform, block algebra.
4. Pulse function and characteristic, transition function and characteristic, division of control elements, frequency transmission, frequency characteristics.
5. Continuous control - basic control elements, PID control elements.
6. Continuous control - control quality, stability.
7. Discrete control - differences from continuous control, Z transformation.
8. Discrete control - basic elements of control.
9. Means of control (microcontroller, PLC, IPC) - classification, basic properties, use.
10. Actuators.
11. Sensors.
12. Control of electric drives - control loops.
13. Other forms of control (fuzzy control, etc.).

Computer-assisted exercise

26 hours, compulsory

Teacher / Lecturer


1. Logic control - introduction to software, basic elements
2. Logic control - principles of logic control, simplification of logic circuits
3. Logic control - other circuits of logic control (timers, flip-flops)
4. Continuous systems - mathematical description, frequency transfer, characteristics
5. Continuous regulation - basic elements
6. Continuous regulation - controller tuning, stability
7. Continuous regulation - quality of control
8. Discrete control - influence
9. Practical demonstration of control means - microprocessors / microcontrollers
10. Practical demonstration of control means - PLC
11. Influence of actuators and sensors on regulation properties
12. Practical demonstration of drive control
13. Credit