First Advisor

Pah I. Chen

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Applied Science


Applied Science




Fluidic devices -- Design -- Data processing, Automatic control -- Mathematical models



Physical Description

1 online resource. Digitized photocopy of typescript.


This thesis presents the method of state diagram synthesis and the development of a computer program for designing fluidic sequential feedback • control circuits of the fundamental mode. A paper on state diagram synthesis was authored by Chen and Lee, presented in Detroit and published as ASME paper 73-WA/Flcs-2 in 1973. Hypothetical systems are illustrated by using series of events characterized by the piston positions of some double-acting pneumatic cylinders. In these systems , an action can only begin when the previous action has been completed. Every extension or retraction of a piston is memorized and manifested by a flip-flop element in the feedback circuit. If different combina- tions of control signals result from different combinations of feedback signals, the logic design is straightforward. Otherwise secondary variables are needed to differentiate between repeated appearances of some ambiguous input combinations. A secondary variable is obtained as the output of a fluidic flip-flop with set and reset inputs. When a sufficient number of secondary variables are obtained, they are combined with the feedback signals. Considerations of these variables and their associated logic complementary "don't-care" conditions leads to a set of simplified control equations. The complete process of the circuit design, using state diagram synthesis, has been programmed for a digital computer. After the control equations are obtained , one can take the signal transmission characteristics into account in order to build a hazard-free circuit.


In Copyright. URI: This Item is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. For other uses you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s).

Persistent Identifier

Included in

Engineering Commons