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Nyquist Criterion

Stability of mechanical systems

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Nyquist stability criterion
• By using polar plot, one can say whether the system is

stable, unstable or maginally stable.
• However we cannot determine the absolute stability (

No of poles in the RHP)
• N=P-Z where
N=number of encirclements about -1+j0 (clockwise (-),
anticlockwise(+))
P=number of poles in the RHP for OLTF
Z= number of poles in the RHP for the CLTF
Number of encirclements about the critical point (-1+j0)
must be equal to the poles of characteristic equation

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Rules for drawing Nyquist plots

i. Locate the poles and zeros of open loop transfer
function G(s)H(s) in ‘s’ plane.
ii. Draw the polar plot by varying ω from zero to infinity. If
pole or zero present at s = 0, then varying ω from 0+ to infinity
for drawing polar plot.
iii. Draw the mirror image of above polar plot for values
of ω ranging from −∞ to zero (0− if any pole or zero present at
s=0).
iv. The number of infinite radius half circles will be equal to
the number of poles or zeros at origin. The infinite radius half
circle will start at the point where the mirror image of the
polar plot ends. And this infinite radius half circle will end at
the point where the polar plot starts.

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Nyquist Diagram

The Nyquist diagram is the line joining the series
of points plotted on a polar graph when each
point represents the magnitude and phase of
the open-loop frequency response
corresponding to a particular frequency.

To plot the Nyquist diagram from the open-loop
transfer function of a system we need to
determine the magnitude and the phase as
functions of frequency.

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Polar plot

• The polar plot of the frequency response of a system is
the line traced out as the frequency is changed from 0
to infinity by the tips of the phasors whose lengths
represent the magnitude, i.e. amplitude gain, of the
system and which are drawn at angles corresponding
to their phase

• i.e if z =x + jy phase= Tan-1 (

)

• Magnitude= 2 + 2

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A polar plot of a sinusoidal transfer function
G (jw) is a plot of f magnitude of G(jw) Vs phase angle
as w is varied from 0 to ↑ ∞

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Example

• A unity feedback system has a loop TF

• =
50

+1 +2

• Use Nyquist criterion to determine the system
stability in closed loop configuration

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Solution

• Replace s with jw

• =
50

+1 +2

• Magnitude ( |G(jω)|)=
50

1+ 2 2+4

• Phase = − tan−1 , − tan−1

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S.N W M

1 0 25 0

2 1 15.8 -45-26.56=-72

3 2 8 -108

4 10 0.5 -163

5 20 0.1 -171

6 100 0.005 -178

7 ∞ 0 -180

M

+ +
= − − , − −

S.N W M

1 0 25 0

2 1 15.8 -45-26.56=-72

3 2 8 -108

4 10 0.5 -163

5 20 0.1 -171

6 100 0.005 -178

7 ∞ 0 -180

If P=0, the open loop transfer function is stable

Next we get the magnitude and phase i.e
G(jω)=|G(jω)|∠G(jω)

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SN w M

1 0 0 -90

1 6.3 -162

2

3.33

10

100

180

0 0 -90

1 6.3 -162

3.33 -180

2 1.58 -198.4

5 0.15 -236.89

10 0.0195 -253

100 0.0002 -268

∞ 0 -270

Checking for stability
N=P-Z
N=1
P=0
N=-Z (OLTF is stable)
For CLTF
Z=0
Hence
N=P (Stable )

We know that the closed loop
control system is stable if there is no
closed loop pole in the right half of
the ‘s’ plane.

Quizzes

Determine the stability of the above system using Nyquist Criterion
Assuming unity feedback

Using Matlab

The -1+j0 point is not encircled so

N=0. There are no poles of L(s) in the right

half plane so P=0. Since N=Z-P, Z=0. This

means that the characteristic equation of

the closed loop transfer function has no

zeros in the right half plane (the closed

loop transfer function has no poles

there). The system is stable.

We can check this by finding the location of

the zeros of the characteristic equation:

Nyquist plot is symmetric along the real- axis

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Critical point in Nyquist plot
-1+j0

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Consider the equation of an open loop transfer
function

For stability all the zeros of F(s) are in the left-half of the s plane.
No need to calculate the poles of closed loop transfer function!!

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Stability Analysis using Nyquist Plots

• From the Nyquist plots, we can identify
whether the control system is stable,
marginally stable or unstable based on the
values of these parameters.

• Gain cross over frequency and phase cross
over frequency

• Gain margin and phase margin

Phase Cross over Frequency

• The frequency at which the Nyquist plot
intersects the negative real axis (phase angle
is 1800) is known as the phase cross over
frequency. It is denoted by

Gain Cross over Frequency

• The frequency at which the Nyquist plot is
having the magnitude of one is known as
the gain cross over frequency. It is denoted
by .

• A MATLAB program that can be used to plot a
Nyquist diagram for, say, the open loop
transfer function 4/(s2 + 5s + 2) is:

• num = 4;

• den = [1 5 2];

• subplot (211), nyquist(num, den)

• Note: subplot(211) divides the screen into two
equal halves and puts the current plot into the
top half of the screen.

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