Non-linear Control and Reliability


Prerequisite/Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module is based on knowledge achieved in Fundamental Control Theory.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Be able to analyse systems using linearization and phase plane analysis
  • Have comprehension of fundamental concepts and terms of non-linear systems and non-linear control theory
  • Have comprehension of Lyapunov’s methods for stability analysis and non-linear control theory
  • Have comprehension of how to apply reliability and robust design approach during product development
  • Understand statistics that support robustness and reliability
  • Have knowledge about cost of poor quality in a product life‐time
  • Be able to establish mission profile for different applications and use it into the useful reliability context
  • Understand difference between preventive scheduled maintenance or by degradation
  • Have comprehension of stressor components like temperature, humidity, vibration and their impact
  • Be able to model and determine lifetime of components
  • Understand physics of failure approach and failure mechanism – both in normal operations and beyond


  • Be able to use basic mathematical tools for analysing the response and stability of non-linear systems
  • Be able to apply selected methods for non-linear control design
  • Be able to implement designed non-linear controller
  • Be able to set up simple methods for reliability targets and field analysis
  • Be able to set up lifetime requirement at function level or component level
  • Have knowledge of how to use test methods for reliability and robustness assessment
  • Be able to judge the usefulness of the applied control and reliability methods
  • Be able to relate the control and reliability methods to applications in industry


  • Independently be able to define and analyse scientific problems within the area of non-linear control
  • Independently be able to be a part of professional and interdisciplinary development work within the area of non-linear control
  • Be able to build a system reliability model
  • Set up design limits in respect to reliability
  • Be able to specify test procedures for new product development

Type of instruction

The course is taught by a mixture of lectures, workshops, exercises, mini projects or self-studies.

Extent and expected workload

Since it is a 5 ECTS course module, the work load is expected to be 150 hours for the student



Name of examNon-linear Control and Reliability
Type of exam
Oral exam
Assessment7-point grading scale
Type of gradingInternal examination
Criteria of assessmentAs stated in the Joint Programme Regulations.

Facts about the module

Danish titleUlineær styring og pålidelighed
Module codeN-APEL-K2-2
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Esbjerg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Energy
DepartmentDepartment of Energy Technology
FacultyFaculty of Engineering and Science