Electrical Instrumentation

Self regulating control systems are among us in our day-to-day life

Self regulating control systems are among us in our day-to-day life

Do you know you can find many self regulating control systems in our day to day life?

A self regulating control is a system that compares a measured value of a process with a desired set value (called set point) and processes the resulting error signal to change some input to the process, in such a way that the process stays at its set point despite disturbances.

Generally we associate self regulating control systems to Process plants and industrial automation systems. However, you can find them in our day-to-day domestic life too: our home or office air conditioning system, our car's cruise control system, our home hot water system are just a few examples of self regulating control systems used in our domestic life. Self regulating is also used in casinos in Australia as explained in this Australian online casino site you have a look at how this works in land based Australian online casinos.
But "closer to our heart" we have the thermoregulation system of the human body: the central nervous system acts as a controller keeping the body core temperature between 36.5 and 37.5 degrees Celsius by sweating and increasing circulation through blood vessels to get rid of body heat when temperature is hot and by shivering and increasing body heat production when is cold.

Only 1 degree Celsius deviation from the body core temperature set point will make a difference between being healthy or suffering hypothermia or fever and hyperthermia.
So what a great self regulating control system we have in our body! 

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