Non-linear Control and Reliability


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, including e-learning.

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 assessmentThe criteria of assessment are stated in the Examination Policies and Procedures

Facts about the module

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


Education ownerMaster of Science (MSc) in Engineering (Advanced Power Electronics)
Study BoardStudy Board of Build, Energy, Electronics and Mechanics in Esbjerg
DepartmentDepartment of Energy
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science