Fault Tolerant Control


Recommended prerequisite for participation in the module

The module is based on knowledge achieved when studying Non-linear control and multi-body systems and Multi-variable control.

Content, progress and pedagogy of the module

Learning objectives


  • Have comprehension of the fundamental concepts, terms and methods used within fault tolerant control
  • Have comprehension of failure mode and effect analysis (FMEA)
  • Have comprehension of modelling faults in dynamic systems and closed loop control systems
  • Have comprehension of analytical redundancy
  • Have knowledge about statistical fault detection including cumulative sum and generalised likelihood tests
  • Have comprehension of residual generation for detection and isolation and decision ruling
  • Have comprehension of fault detection using both observers and parity methods


  • Be able to use analyse fault development and mitigation approaches
  • Be able to list considered faults, how they propagate through the system and assess their severity and occurrence likelihood
  • Be able to design fault detection observers
  • Be able to design fault detection with parity equations
  • Be able to design a FDI observer for unknown inputs
  • Be able to develop fault tolerant strategies for ensuring the continuation of the system in the presence of faults
  • Be able to design both passive and active fault tolerant controller for continuous systems


  • Be able to account for the considerations involved in the process of formulating and solving fault tolerant control problems, choosing suited approaches and implementing it in practice
  • Be able to develop fault detection and isolation (FDI) algorithms

Type of instruction

The form(s) of teaching will be determined and described in connection with the planning of the semester. The description will account for the form(s) of teaching and may be accompanied by an elaboration of the roles of the participants. The programme is based on a combination of academic, problem oriented and interdisciplinary approaches and organised based on the following types of instruction that combine skills and reflection:

  • lectures
  • project work
  • workshops
  • exercises (individually and in groups)
  • e-learning in different ways such as flipped class-room, blended learning, game or quiz, etc.
  • teacher feedback
  • reflection
  • portfolio work
  • study circle
  • self-study

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 examFault Tolerant Control
Type of exam
Written 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 titleFejltolerant regulering
Module codeN-EE-K3-17A
Module typeCourse
Duration1 semester
Language of instructionEnglish
Empty-place SchemeYes
Location of the lectureCampus Aalborg, Campus Esbjerg
Responsible for the module


Study BoardStudy Board of Energy
DepartmentDepartment of Energy
FacultyThe Faculty of Engineering and Science