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Control system: Examples with Explanation

Here, we will discuss the examples related to the block diagram reduction, signal flow graph, mason's gain formula, and basic concepts of the control system. The examples will be MCQ based because that will help in the competitive exams as well.

Example 1:

Find the transfer function of the given block diagram.

Control system: Examples with Explanation
  1. 10
  2. 7.7
  3. 4.5
  4. 2.416

Answer: (d) 2.416

Solution: In the given block diagram, R(s) is the input and C(s) is the output. The transfer function of the system will be the ratio of the output and the input. It is given by:

C(s)/R(s)

Let's begin with the steps to solve the transfer function of the system.

Step 1: We will first combine the two blocks in parallel using the rule that the value of the two blocks in parallel is added, forming an equivalent block. It is shown below:

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4 + 5 = 9

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After solving, the block diagram will now appear as:

Control system: Examples with Explanation

Step 2: Now, we will combine blocks in series using the rule that the value of the two blocks in cascade is multiplied forming an equivalent block. It is shown below:

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9x8 = 72

The block diagram after the second step will appear as:

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We are left with a close loop. The close loop transfer function is given by:

C(s)/R(s) = 72/1 + 72x 0.4 = 72/29.8 = 2.416

C(s)/R(s) = 2.416

Example 2:

The transfer function of a linear system is given by:

  1. The ratio of the output Vo(t) and the input Vi(t) of the system.
  2. The ratio of the derivatives of the output dVo(t)/dt and the input dVi(t)/dt of the system.
  3. The ratio of the Laplace transforms of the output Vo(s) and the input Vi(s) of the system with all initial conditions zeroes.
  4. The ratio of the Fourier transform of the output Vo(s) and the input Vi(s) of the system.

Answer: (c) Ratio of the Laplace transforms of the output Vo(s) and the input Vi(s) of the system.

Solution: For a given block diagram or characteristic equation, the transfer function of a linear system is always expressed in terms of Laplace. It is calculated as the ratio of the Laplace transform of the system's input and output.

For example,

Vo = (1 + t2) Vi

The transfer function of the above equation can be calculated by first taking the Laplace, which is given by:

Vo (s) = (1/s + 2/s3) Vi(s)

Vo (s)/ Vi(s) = (1/s + 2/s3)

Thus, the transfer function is (1/s + 2/s3). It is obtained after assuming all the initial conditions as zeroes.

Example 3:

Find the transfer function of the given block diagram.

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  1. C(s) = G1 R1(s) / (1 + G1H1) + G2R2(s) /(1 + G1G2H1)
  2. C(s) = G1G2 R1(s) / (1 + G1G2H1) + G2R2(s) /(1 + G1G2H1)
  3. C(s) = G2 R1(s) / (1 + G1G2H1) + R2(s) /(1 + G1G2H1)
  4. C(s) = G1G2 R1(s)R2(s) / (1 + G1G2H1)

Answer: (b) C(s) = G1G2 R1(s) / (1 + G1G2H1) + G2R2(s) /(1 + G1G2H1)

Solution: The above question is of system with multiple inputs. Let's consider some steps that may help to solve the problems with multiple inputs.

  1. Consider one input and other inputs as zero.
  2. Perform the above step for every input.
  3. Rearrange the block diagram and determine the transfer function with the single non-zero input.
  4. Repeat step 3 for all inputs.
  5. Add all transfer functions to obtain the final output.

In order to solve the above problem, follow the below steps:

Step 1: In the given figure, there are two inputs R1 and R2. Let's first set R1 =0.

The block diagram thus arranged will appear as:

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The resulted block diagram will now appear as:

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The transfer function will be:

C2(s)/R2(s) = G2/(1 + G1G2H1)

C2(s) = G2R2(s) /(1 + G1G2H1) ... (1)

Step 2: Now assume R2 = 0

The block diagram thus arranged will appear as:

Control system: Examples with Explanation

The resulted block diagram will now appear as:

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The transfer function will be:

C1(s)/R1(s) = G1G2/(1 + G1G2H1)

C1(s) = G1G2 R1(s) / (1 + G1G2H1) ... (2)

Now, adding both the equations, we will get the desired transfer function. It is given by:

C(s) = C1(s) + C2(s)

C(s) = G1G2 R1(s) / (1 + G1G2H1) + G2R2(s) /(1 + G1G2H1)

C(s) = (G1G2 R1(s) + G2R2(s))/( 1 + G1G2H1)

Example 4:

The type of system denotes the number of:

  1. Zeroes at the origin
  2. Poles at the origin
  3. Poles at infinity
  4. Finite poles

Answer: (b) Poles at the origin

Solution: The type of system usually denotes the number of poles at the origin. If there are two poles at the origin, it means that the system is of type 2. Type 1 signifies the open loop transfer function and has 1 pole at the origin. Similarly, we can say that if the system has no pole at the origin, it is categorized under Type-0 systems.

Example 5:

In the given signal flow graph, y/x equals to:

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  1. 2.5
  2. 8
  3. 6
  4. 4

Answer: (b) 8

Solution: There is only one loop present in the signal flow graph. The gain of the loop is given by:

2/( 1 + 2(1)) = 2/3

All the other branches are connected in cascade or series. Hence, the equivalent result will be the product of all the values at the three nodes.

y/x = 4 x 2/3 x 3 = 8

Example 6:

The purpose of the signal flow graph is to find the:

  1. transfer function of the system
  2. controllability of the system
  3. stability of the system
  4. observability of the system

Answer: (a) transfer function of the system

Solution: The signal flow graph in control system is used to find the transfer function of the system, such as Mason's gain formula. It was specially designed to find the transfer function of a signal flow graph, which includes non-touching loops and forward-path gain.

Example 7:

Find the transfer function of the given signal flow graph.

  1. 10/9
  2. 22/15
  3. 44/23
  4. 23/24

Answer: (c) 44/23

Solution: We know that the transfer function of the signal flow graph is generally calculated using the mason's gain formula, which is given by:

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Where,

Pk is the forward path gain

∆ It is the loop gain.

The loop gain is calculated as:

1 - Summation of all loop gain + Summation of gain product of two non-touching loops - Summation of gain product of three non-touching loops

k It is calculated by eliminating all loops touching the forward path Pk.

Let's discuss the solution of given signal flow graph.

As per the given diagram, there are two forward paths.

P1 = 5

P2 = 1x2x3x4 = 24

There are four individual closed loops.

L1 = -5

L2 = -2

L3 = -3

L4 = -4

There are only two non-touching loops, namely L2 and L4. The product of these two loops is: (-2) x (-4) = 8

Thus, the transfer function of the given signal flow graph is:

= 5 (1 + 3) + 24/ 1 + (5 + 2 + 3 + 4) + 8

= 44/23

Example 8:

Find the initial value f(t) of the transfer function F(s) = 4 /s2+2s + 5, where F(s) is the Laplace transform of the function f(t).

  1. 4
  2. 4/5
  3. 0
  4. 1

Answer: (c) 0

Solution: The initial value of the transfer function is given by:

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So, we will put, s = infinity in the given transfer function F(s) = 4 /s2+2s + 5.

We get,

F(s) = 0

Example 9:

Which of the following statement is incorrect?

  1. The transfer function is represented along the branch in the signal flow graph
  2. Reduction of a block diagram is a complex procedure
  3. The transfer function is represented along the branch in the block diagram
  4. There are no self-loops in the block diagram

Answer: (c) The transfer function is represented along the branch in the block diagram

Solution: Let's discuss each of the four statements in detail.

  • Transfer function is represented along the branch in signal flow graph
    The signal flow graph is in the form of branches connected with the nodes. We find the forward path and gain of the branches from one end to the other end. Hence, the first statement is correct.
  • Reduction of a block diagram is a complex procedure.
    The reduction of the block diagram involves various steps as it is necessary to draw a block diagram at each step. The reduction needs to be followed carefully. Hence, the second statement is also correct.
  • The transfer function is represented along the branch in the block diagram.
    The transfer function in the case of a block diagram is represented inside the block instead along the branch. Hence, the third statement is incorrect.
  • There are no self-loops in the block diagram.
    Self-loops are present in the case of the signal flow graph. Hence, the last statement is correct.

Example: 10

The transfer function of the given block diagram is:

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  1. -1.714
  2. 1. 714
  3. -2.9
  4. 1.59

Answer: (a) -1.714

Solution: Here, the given block diagram has three loops. So, we will first solve these three loops.

The steps 1, 2, and 3, are marked below:

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Step 1: It has one block and a unity line in parallel. The unity line, when connected with a block in parallel, is considered as 1. As per the rule, the equivalent value of the blocks in parallel is added. So,

= 2 + 1 = 3

Step 2: It contains two blocks, where one block is present in the feedback path.

So, we will use the transfer function formula where G(s) and H(s) are 1.5 and 1 respectively.

= 1.5/1 + 1.5x2

= 1.5/4

Step 3: The first two blocks in the cascade will be multiplied.

= 5 x -8 = -40

It has a feedback path of value 0.6. So, we will use the transfer function formula given by:

G(s)/1 - G(s)H(s)

Where, G(s) and H(s) are -40 and 0.6 respectively.

The resultant value of the block will be: -40/ 1 + (40)(0.6)

= -40/25

The resulted block diagram will now appear as:

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Step 4: The transfer function of the block diagram will be:

Vo(s)/Vi(s) = -(40/25) x3/ {1 + 40/25 x 3 x 1.5/4)

= (-120/25)/ 2.8

= -120/70

= -1.714


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