AUTOMATIC GENERATION OF ROOT LOCUS PLOTS FOR LINEAR TIME INVARIANT SYSTEMS
Design and analysis of control systems often become difficult due to the complexity of the system model and the design techniques involved. This paper presents the development of a Tools Box in Microsoft Excel for control engineer that uses root locus as a time domain technique for system design and analysis. The Tool Box can also serve as a computer-aided graphical analytical tool for trainers. The work was done in two phases: the first phase is the development of a programmable algorithms for root locus using the angle condition and bisection method while the second phase is the implementation of the developed algorithms. The implementation was done using Microsoft Excel (R) Visual Basic Application (VBA). Results of simulations for different systems show the potential of the Tool Box as an alternative for other software package and the ease of using it on the readily available Microsoft Excel environment.