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MEAM 215 Matrix Methods in Dynamics and Control


Review of mathematical theory and computations of matrix. LU decomposition. Singular value decomposition. QR decomposition. Schur decomposition. Eigen-decomposition. Cholesky decomposition. Expansion Theorem. Pseudoinverse and solution of linear algebraic equations. Matrix representation of dynamical systems, the fundamental solution, and control formulation. Spectral differentiation of polynomial interpolation. Decoupling of linear vibratory systems with mass, damping and stiffness matrices. Transfer matrix methods. Optimal sliding surface. Linear matrix inequality and Lyapunov stability. Finite element methods. Other engineering applications.

MEAM 211 Nonlinear Controls


Stability theory, Lyapunov theory, Passivity concepts, Feedback linearization, Sliding mode control, Adaptive algorithms, Robust and adaptive controls.

MEAM 201 Advanced Dynamics


Review of Newtonian dynamics, Generalized coordinates, Holonomic and non-holonomic constraints, Virtual displacements, Virtual work, DíAlembertís principle, Lagrange equations, Hamiltonís principle, Canonical transformations.

ME 140 Vibration and Control


Review of dynamics for particle systems and rigid bodies. Vibration analysis of discrete mechanical systems with finite number of degrees of freedom systems and continuous structures such as beams and plates. Concepts of resonance, anti-resonance, damping, and modal coupling. Modal analysis. Concepts of feedback controls. Classical proportional, derivative and integral (PID) feedback controls of vibratory systems. Stability concept. Root locus and frequency domain design of feedback controls. Introduction of modern and digital control.

Courses Taught at University of Delaware

(1994-2007)


MEEG 867 Special Topics on Nonlinear Dynamics and Control in Biological Systems

The course will involve mostly literature studies on dynamics and control of biological systems. Examples include human gait stability analysis and control with or without functional stimulations, nonlinear phenomena in neural signal transmission, molecular dynamics for modeling protein chains, and modern medical devices.

Assignments of the class include searching for relevant papers for a given subject, studying the papers to prepare for discussion in the classroom. Students are also invited to bring the papers on the subjects related to their research projects. The class will meet to discuss the assigned research papers.

Small research projects will be developed to help students further understand the subject in the paper or to improve certain aspects of the research approach. This course is open to graduate students only.

MEEG 311 Vibration and Control

This is a required undergraduate course for juniors in the department. I started the course as part of Curriculum 2000. Last time I taught it was Fall 2003.

MEEG 391 Engineering Science Laboratory

This is a required undergraduate course for juniors in the department. In this course, we use a set of well designed and integrated experiments to teach the students traditional experimental methods and techniques involving use of strain gages, thermal couples, pitot tubes, wind tunnel, proximity probes, Instron machine, strobe light, oscilloscope and so on. These experiments cover major technical areas in mechanical engineering including solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, heat transfer, thermal dynamics and vibrations. Students are also introduced to LabView. They will be trained to create virtual instruments that could automate the data acquisition process of certain experiments and also provide the capability of data analysis.

I taught this course for many years until it was terminated by Curriculum 2000.

MEEG 624 Control of Dynamic Systems

This is a technical elective course open to seniors and graduate students, which I introduced to the department. It has been one of the Engineering Outreach courses attended by the engineers from local industry.

MEEG 871 Random Vibrations

This is a graduate course. It used to be a 600 level technical elective. I changed it completely.

MEEG 824 Structural Dynamics and Control

This is a lower level graduate course open to seniors and graduate students, which I introduced to the department. It will be one of the Engineering Outreach courses attended by the engineers from local industry.

MEEG 873 Applied Nonlinear Control

This is an upper level graduate course, which I introduced to the department.

MEEG 867 Elastic Stability of Structures

This is an upper level graduate course, which I introduced to the department.

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