The root locus method
Dorf, R. C.
11-34 - 11-58
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Systems, controls, embedded systems, energy and machines
The Electrical Engineering Handbook
The root locus technique is a graphical tool used in feedback control system analysis and design. It has been formally introduced to the engineering community by W. R. Evans [3,4], who received the Richard E. Bellman Control Heritage Award from the American Automatic Control Council in 1988 for this major contribution. In order to discuss the root locus method, we must first review the basic definition of bounded input bounded output (BIBO) stability of the standard linear time invariant feedback system shown in Figure 11.22, where the plant, and the controller, are represented by their transfer functions P(s) and C(s), respectively1 The plant, P(s), includes the physical process to be controlled, as well as the actuator and the sensor dynamics.