Abstract for: Translating Between Laplace Domain Block Diagrams and System Dynamics Stock & Flow Diagrams
System Dynamics and Control Engineering employ different techniques to model complex systems. System Dynamics professionals and Control Engineers do not have a documented technique to relate the two different methods however. This paper first describes the fundamental structures in Stock & Flow Diagrams including stocks, flows, auxiliaries, and connectors. The basic structures in Control Engineering State Space Representations are then discussed. Since both methods are techniques of describing complex systems, parallels are drawn between the two techniques and their structures. Then a succinct method for translating between generic structures commonly found in both systems is described. Examples are also provided that employ the techniques described.