Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Dr. Patricia Mellodge Publishes Book

Mellodge Publishes Book on Dynamical Systems for Engineers

Patricia Mellodge, associate professor of electrical and computer engineering in CETA, has had her latest book published, A Practical Approach to Dynamical Systems for Engineers, by Woodhead Publishing, November 2015.

Mellodge's third book takes the abstract mathematical concepts behind dynamical systems and applies them to real-world systems, such as a car traveling down the road, the ripples caused by throwing a pebble into a pond, and a clock pendulum swinging back and forth. Topics covered include modeling systems using differential equations, transfer functions, state-space representation, Hamiltonian systems, stability and equilibrium, and nonlinear system characteristics with examples including chaos, bifurcation, and limit cycles. MATLAB and Simulink are used throughout to apply the analysis methods and illustrate the ideas.

Applications in engineering are used to show the adoption of dynamical system analytical methods. Examples are provided on the dynamics of automobiles, aircraft, and human balance, among others, with an emphasis on physical engineering systems.

Mellodge's previous books are: P. Mellodge and P. Kachroo, Model Abstraction in Dynamical Systems: Application to Mobile Robot Control, Springer, October 2008; and P. Kachroo and P. Mellodge, Mobile Robotic Car Design, McGraw-Hill, August 2004.

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