Control package

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The control package is part of the Octave Forge project.

Function list[edit]

Linear System Representation[edit]

Chapter Function Implemented File Number of Tests Status SLICOT functions Priority (0-2)
Basic Models tf yes @tf/tf.m
zpk yes zpk.m
ss yes @ss/ss.m
frd yes @frd/frd.m
pid no
pidstd no
pid2 no
dss yes @lti/dss.m
drss no
filt yes filt.m
rss no
Tunable Models ltiblock.gain no no
ltiblock.pid2 no no no
realp no
AnalysisPoint no
genss no
genfrd no
genmat no
getLoopTransfer no
getIOTransfer no
getSensitivity no
getCompSensitivity no
getPoints no
replaceBlock no
getValue no
setValue no
getBlockValue no
setBlockValue no
showBlockValue no
showTunable no
nblocks no
getLFTModel no
Model with Time Delays pade no
absorbDelay no
thiran yes thiran.m
hasdelay no
hasInternalDelay no
totaldelay no
delayss no
setDelayModel no
getDelayModel no
Model Attributes get yes @iddata/get.m
set yes @iddata/set.m
tfdata yes @lti/tfdata.m
zpkdata yes @lti/zpkdata.m
ssdata yes @lti/ssdata.m
frdata yes @lti/frdata.m
piddata no
pidstddata no
piddata2 no
pidstddata2 no
dssdata yes @lti/dssdata.m
chgFreqUnit no
chgTimeUnit no
isct yes @lti/isct.m
isdt yes @lti/isdt.m
isempty yes built-in function
isfinite yes built-in function
isParametric no
isproper no
isreal yes built-in function
isiso no
isstable yes @lti/isstable.m
isstatic no
order no
ndims yes built-in function
size yes built-in function
Model Arrays stack no
nmodels no
permute yes built-in function
reshape yes built-in function
repsys yes repsys.m

Model Interconnection[edit]

Function Implemented File Number of Tests Status SLICOT functions Priority (0-2)
feedback yes @lti/feedback.m
connect yes @lti/connect.m
sumblk yes sumblk.m
series no
parallel no
append yes append.m
blkdiag yes @lti/blkdiag.m
imp2exp no
inv yes built-in function
lft no
connectOptions no

Model Transformation[edit]

Chapter Function Implemented File Number of Tests Status SLICOT functions Priority (0-2)
Model Type Conversion pidstd2 no
make1DOF no
make2DOF no
getComponents no
Continuous-Discrete Conversion c2d yes @lti/c2d.m
d2c yes @lti/d2c.m
d2d yes @lti/d2d.m
upsample no
c2dOptions no
d2cOptions no
d2dOptions no
Model Simplification hsvd yes hsvd.m
hsvplot no
sminreal yes @lti/sminreal.m
balred no
minreal yes @lti/minreal.m
balreal no
modred no
balredOptions no
hsvdOptions no
State-Coordinate Transformation canon no
prescale yes @lti/prescale.m
ss2ss no
xperm yes @lti/xperm.m
Modal Decomposition modsep no
stabsep no
freqsep no
stabsepOptions no
freqsepOptions no

Linear Analysis[edit]

Chapter Function Implemented File Number of Tests Status SLICOT functions Priority (0-2)
Time-Domain Analysis linearSystemAnalyzer no
impulseplot no
initialplot no
lsimplot no
stepplot no
covar yes covar.m
impulse yes impulse.m
initial yes initial.m
lsim yes lsim.m
step yes step.m
lsiminfo no
stepinfo no
stepDataOptions no
Frequency-Domain Analysis bodeplot no
nicholsplot no
nyquistplot no
sigmaplot no
bode yes bode.m
nichols yes nichols.m
nyquist yes nyquist.m
sigma yes sigma.m
evalfr no
freqresp yes @lti/freqresp.m
bandwidth yes built-in function
dcgain yes @lti/dcgain.m
getGainCrossover no
getPeakGain no
Stability Analysis pole yes @lti/pole.m
zero yes @lti/zero.m
damp no
dsort no
esort no
tzero no
pzmap yes pzmap.m
pzplot no
iopzplot no
allmargin no
margin yes margin.m
Plot Customization bodeoptions no
hsvoptions no
nicholsoptions no
nyquistoptions no
pzoptions no
sigmaoptions no
timeoptions no
setoptions no
getoptions no
ctrlpref no
updateSystem no

Control Design[edit]

Chapter Function Implemented File Number of Tests Status SLICOT functions Priority (0-2)
PID Controller Tuning pidTuner no
pidtune no
pidtuneOptions no
SISO Feedback Loops rlocus yes rlocus.m
sgrid no
rlocusplot no
controlSystemDesigner no
sisoinit no
Linear-Quadratic-Gaussian Control lqr yes lqr.m
lqry no
lqi no
dlqr yes dlqr.m
lqrd no
kalman yes kalman.m
kalmd no
lqg no
lqgreg no
lqgtrack no
augstate no
norm yes @lti/norm.m
Pole Placement estim yes estim.m
place yes place.m
reg no

Matrix Computations[edit]

Function Implemented File Number of Tests Status SLICOT functions Priority (0-2)
lyap yes lyap.m
lyapchol yes lyapchol.m
dlyap yes dlyap.m
dlyapchol yes dlyapchol.m
care yes care.m
dare yes dare.m
gcare no
gdare no
ctrb yes ctrb.m
obsv yes obsv.m
ctrbf yes ctrbf.m
obsvf yes obsvf.m
gram yes gram.m
bdschur no


PT1 / Low-pass filter step response[edit]

Code: Creating a transfer function and plotting its response
 T1 = 0.4;              # time constant
 P = tf([1], [T1 1]);   # create transfer function model
 step(P, 2)             # plot step response

 #add some common markers like the tangent line at the origin, which crosses lim(n->inf) f(t) at t=T1
 hold on
 plot ([0 T1], [0 1], "g")
 plot ([T1 T1], [0 1], "k")
 plot ([0 T1], [1-1/e 1-1/e], "m")
 hold off


Bode Diagram with TikZ/PGFplots[edit]

We use the same system as before but we draw now with bode(P) a bode diagram. The output is written to a .csv file.

Code: Creating a transfer function and calculating its bode diagram
T1 = 0.4;              # time constant
P = tf([1], [T1 1]);

[mag, pha, w] = bode(P);

csvwrite("dat/bode_p.csv", [w', 20*log10(mag), pha]);

We can then invoke LaTeX with the following .tex file

Code: Creating a bode diagram with pgfplots

\pgfplotstableread[col sep=comma]{\detokenize{/path/to/csv/file/dat/bode_p.csv}}\datatable
  group style={rows=2}, 
  enlarge x limits=false,
    title={Bode Diagram of $P$},
    ylabel={Magnitude / \si{\decibel}},
  \addplot[blue,line width=1pt] table[x index=0,y index=1]{\datatable}; 
    xlabel={Frequency / \si{\radian\per\second}},
    ylabel={Phase / \si{\degree}},
  \addplot[red,line width=1pt] table[x index=0,y index=2]{\datatable};

to generate a beautiful bode diagram

Bode p.png

It can be seen that a first order low-pass filter has {\textstyle -3\,dB} magnitude at {\textstyle f=1/T_1=2.5\,rad/s}.

Inverted Pendulum[edit]


A nonlinear model of the inverted pendulum can be derived by


where the variables are defined as

Name Definition
{\textstyle M} Mass of the cart
{\textstyle m} Mass of the pendulum
{\textstyle c} Translational damping coefficient
{\textstyle l} Length of the pendulum
{\textstyle I} Inertia of the pendulum
{\textstyle b} Rotational damping coefficient
Schematic drawing of the inverted pendulum.

Linearization around the point {\textstyle \theta=\pi} and substitution of {\textstyle \theta'=\theta-\pi} (from here on in the analysis, {\textstyle \theta'} will be written as {\textstyle \theta}, but it should be noted that {\textstyle \theta} now measures from a new reference) leads to


This can be expressed in the frequency domain like


Transfer functions[edit]

By dividing the state variables by the input one obtains the transfer functions



{\textstyle \alpha_2=ml^2+I}
{\textstyle \alpha_1=b}
{\textstyle \alpha_0=-mgl}
{\textstyle \beta_4=(M+m)(ml^2+I)-m^2l^2}
{\textstyle \beta_3=(M+m)b+(ml^2+I)c}
{\textstyle \beta_2=-(M+m)mgl+bc}
{\textstyle \beta_1=-mglc}
{\textstyle \gamma_1=-ml}

This can be expressed in Octave

Code: Creating the transfer functions for the inverted pendulum
m = 0.15;
l = 0.314;
M = 1.3;
I = 0;
g = 9.80665;
b = 20;
c = 20;

G1 = tf([m*l^2+I b -m*g*l],
        [(M+m)*(m*l^2+I)-m^2*l^2 (M+m)*b+(m*l^2+I)*c -(M+m)*m*g*l+b*c -m*g*l*c 0]);
G2 = tf([-m*l],
        [(M+m)*(m*l^2+I)-m^2*l^2 (M+m)*b+(m*l^2+I)*c -(M+m)*m*g*l+b*c -m*g*l*c]);

and by invoking the bode command

Code: Creating Bode plots for the inverted pendulum

one obtains the bode diagrams of the two transfer functions.

  • Bode diagram of the cart movement transfer function.
  • Bode diagram of the pendulums rotation transfer function.


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