Chapter 2. Continuous-Time Models

Objectives of the Chapter

  • Review the types of continuous-time model representations frequently employed in model-based control systems.

  • Discuss common transfer function models.

  • Identify first order plus dead time models from process data.

Prerequisite Reading

Appendix A, “Review of Laplace Transforms and Feedback Control Concepts”

Appendix E, “MATLAB and Control Toolbox Tutorial”

Appendix F, “SIMULINK Tutorial”


The process model is the most important component of a model-based control system. Hence we begin by a study of the various types of process models employed in model-based control. The discussion in this chapter is restricted to those types of models that have found widespread applications in process ...

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