Credits: 10 ECTS
Term: Winter 20/21
Lecture & Exercise
Lecturer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Timm Faulwasser
Assistant: Gösta Stomberg
Schedule: Thursdays and Fridays 08:00 - 12:00
Room: TBD + Online
Examination: Take-home project and oral exam
Enrollment: Please sign up for the course on LSF. You will then be enrolled in Moodle automatically.
Office hours: On demand
Majors and Module Numbers:
M.Sc. Electrical Engineering and Information Technology: Module 3-39
M.Sc. Automation and Robotics: Module AR-318
- Optimality conditions for static optimization problems
- Basics of Optimal Control Theory and the Pontryagin Maximum Principle
- Formulation of Optimal Control Problems
- Primer on numerical solution methods (shooting methods and collocation)
- Principle of Nonlinear Model Predictive Control
- Sufficient stability conditions with and without terminal constraints
- Implementation aspects of NMPC
- Economic MPC
- Research outlook: NMPC for energy systems
The course will involve pen and paper exercises as well as programming exercises in Matlab. Furthermore, there will be a take-home project which is a prerequisite for taking the oral exam. The guidelines for the take-home project are:
- Students hand in a project report of 10 to maximum 20 pages
- The project is presented concisely
- The project involves problem formulation and solution
- The lecturer and teaching assistant are available for questions
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Location & approach
The campus of TU Dortmund University is located close to interstate junction Dortmund West, where the Sauerlandlinie A 45 (Frankfurt-Dortmund) crosses the Ruhrschnellweg B 1 / A 40. The best interstate exit to take from A 45 is "Dortmund-Eichlinghofen" (closer to Campus Süd), and from B 1 / A 40 "Dortmund-Dorstfeld" (closer to Campus Nord). Signs for the university are located at both exits. Also, there is a new exit before you pass over the B 1-bridge leading into Dortmund.
To get from Campus Nord to Campus Süd by car, there is the connection via Vogelpothsweg/Baroper Straße. We recommend you leave your car on one of the parking lots at Campus Nord and use the H-Bahn (suspended monorail system), which conveniently connects the two campuses.
TU Dortmund University has its own train station ("Dortmund Universität"). From there, suburban trains (S-Bahn) leave for Dortmund main station ("Dortmund Hauptbahnhof") and Düsseldorf main station via the "Düsseldorf Airport Train Station" (take S-Bahn number 1, which leaves every 20 or 30 minutes). The university is easily reached from Bochum, Essen, Mülheim an der Ruhr and Duisburg.
You can also take the bus or subway train from Dortmund city to the university: From Dortmund main station, you can take any train bound for the Station "Stadtgarten", usually lines U41, U45, U 47 and U49. At "Stadtgarten" you switch trains and get on line U42 towards "Hombruch". Look out for the Station "An der Palmweide". From the bus stop just across the road, busses bound for TU Dortmund University leave every ten minutes (445, 447 and 462). Another option is to take the subway routes U41, U45, U47 and U49 from Dortmund main station to the stop "Dortmund Kampstraße". From there, take U43 or U44 to the stop "Dortmund Wittener Straße". Switch to bus line 447 and get off at "Dortmund Universität S".
The AirportExpress is a fast and convenient means of transport from Dortmund Airport (DTM) to Dortmund Central Station, taking you there in little more than 20 minutes. From Dortmund Central Station, you can continue to the university campus by interurban railway (S-Bahn). A larger range of international flight connections is offered at Düsseldorf Airport (DUS), which is about 60 kilometres away and can be directly reached by S-Bahn from the university station.
The H-Bahn is one of the hallmarks of TU Dortmund University. There are two stations on Campus Nord. One ("Dortmund Universität S") is directly located at the suburban train stop, which connects the university directly with the city of Dortmund and the rest of the Ruhr Area. Also from this station, there are connections to the "Technologiepark" and (via Campus Süd) Eichlinghofen. The other station is located at the dining hall at Campus Nord and offers a direct connection to Campus Süd every five minutes.