Controls and Mechatronics Courseware

Publish Date: Nov 07, 2014 | 13 Ratings | 3.85 out of 5 |  PDF

Overview

You can use the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment and NI hardware to deliver hands-on learning to controls and mechatronics classrooms and labs. Take advantage of the resources below to learn about using LabVIEW for controls and mechatronics or to integrate new materials into your curriculum. For educational resources on robotics, see ni.com/robotics/education.

Table of Contents

  1. Featured Courseware
  2. Labs and Exercises
  3. Tutorials
  4. Presentations
  5. Papers
  6. Case Studies

1. Featured Courseware

Automatic Control Systems Courseware using NI CompactRIO

This course from Dr. Galen King at Purdue University uses LabVIEW and NI CompactRIO to provide a thorough understanding of dynamic systems for analyzing, predicting, and specifying the performance of an engineered system. It covers the design of classical feedback controllers in the time-domain, using the Root-Locus method, and in the frequency-domain. It also provides an introductory treatment of digital control and the associated implementation issues. Both analog and digital feedback controller design experiences are provided through laboratory experiments.

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2. Labs and Exercises

UCLA Mechanical Engineering Senior Design Class Mechatronics Tutorial Module
Professor Tsao, UCLA
This four-week mechatronics tutorial lab module includes uses LabVIEW programs and analysis tools to realize cruise control (speed following), adaptive cruise control (distance keeping), and steering control on a robotic device. Students with little or no mechatronics knowledge learn to conceptualize, design, and realize embedded real-time systems and apply it to their design projects.
Hardware: LabVIEW Robotics Starter Kit (DaNI)
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Quanser SRV02 Rotary Servo Plant Courseware for LabVIEW
National Instruments and Quanser
Quanser course materials provide step-by-step pedagogy for a wide range of control challenges. Starting with the basic principles, students can progress to more advanced applications and cultivate a deep understanding of control theories. The following material provides an abbreviated example of pre-lab assignments and in-lab procedures for the SRV02 Rotary Motion Servo Plant. See the Quanser SRV02 and LabVIEW Courseware page for more information.
Hardware: Quanser SRV02 and NI CompactRIO
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Control Lab Using NI Real-Time Hardware and Educational Control Products (ECP)
Robert H. Bishop, University of Texas
This module provides the hardware and software tools for introducing fundamental control systems theory with an emphasis on design and implementation.
Hardware: PXI and R Series cards
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Controls Experiments Using NI ELVIS, Quanser QNETs, and NI LabVIEW
Dr. Fouad Mrad, American University of Beirut, Lebanon
These experiments introduce students to the fundamentals of controls and mechatronics using the NI ELVIS educational platform with Quanser plug-in boards.
Hardware: NI ELVIS, QNET DC Motor, QNET HVAC and QNET Rotary Inverted Pendulum
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Mechatronics Labs with NI LabVIEW
University of California, Santa Barbara
You can use this collection of hardware-based exercises and labs to explore controls and mechatronics concepts.
Hardware: NI DAQ
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Introduction to Mechatronics
Washington State University, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering
This short course from Washington State University uses LabVIEW to introduce students to the basic concepts of mechatronics. Each exercise requires students to develop their own solutions and gives them hands-on experience with the measurement, control, and analysis of mechatronics systems.
Hardware: NI DAQ
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Sample Curriculum for the Quanser Vertical Take-Off and Landing (VTOL) Module
Quanser
Quanser and NI Engineering Trainers (QNETs) for the National Instruments Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS) are control laboratory solutions that come with pedagogical curriculum. The QNET VTOL Module introduces students to the fundamentals of aerospace engineering, such as basic flight dynamics and control.
Hardware: NI ELVIS and QNET VTOL
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3. Tutorials

Introduction to LabVIEW in Three Hours for Control Design and Simulation
National Instruments
This three-hour course is designed as an introduction to the control design process using the LabVIEW Control Design and Simulation Module, and includes steps for modeling, designing a controller, simulating the controller, and deploying a controller.
Hardware: (optional) NI ELVIS and QNET DC Motor
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Getting Started in One Hour with the LabVIEW Control Design and Simulation Module, NI CompactRIO, and Quanser QET DC Motor
National Instruments
This hands-on tutorial is suitable for controls, mechatronics, and robotics projects. An NI CompactRIO device is interfaced to a Quanser Engineering Trainer (QET) DC Motor for implementing speed control. You also can use this tutorial with an NI Single-Board RIO, PCI, or PXI plug-in reconfigurable I/O (RIO) device.
Hardware: NI CompactRIO and QET DC Motor
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Controls Tutorials in LabVIEW
National Instruments
Learn how to use LabVIEW for the analysis and design of control systems, including the most common classical control design techniques (PID, root locus, and frequency response) as well as some modern (state-space) control design and digital control.
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Using NI System Identification, Control Design, and Simulation Products for Design
National Instruments
Examine the process of designing a closed-loop control system, or plant, using the NI system identification and control design assistants.
Hardware: NI DAQ and QET DC Motor
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Identification of Closed-Loop Systems
National Instruments
Learn how to use the LabVIEW System Identification Toolkit to implement different approaches to closed-loop identification, including direct, indirect, and joint input/output.
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4. Presentations

Introduction to LabVIEW in Three Hours for Control Design and Simulation
National Instruments
This three-hour course, designed as an introduction to the control design process using the LabVIEW Control Design and Simulation Module, includes steps for modeling, designing a controller, simulating the controller, and deploying a controller.
Hardware: (optional) NI ELVIS and QNET DC Motor
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5. Papers

ME 135: Microprocessor Based Design of Mechanical Systems
University of California at Berkeley, Mechanical Engineering
ME 135 uses NI LabVIEW and C to cover software design and implementation methodologies suited to the control of complex mechanical systems.
Hardware: ARM microcontroller, iRobot Create
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6. Case Studies

Schools Using DaNI for Teaching Robotics, Mechatronics, and Capstone
Learn how universities and colleges worldwide use the NI LabVIEW Robotics Starter Kit (DaNI) to enhance robotics and mechatronics education, and see videos of DaNI in action.
Hardware: LabVIEW Robotics Starter Kit (DaNI)
 
MIT Students Use LabVIEW and CompactRIO to Design and Implement a Dynamic Output Feedback Controller
Learn how professors at MIT use LabVIEW to improve their controls course. By switching to the NI hardware and software platform, they were able to simplify their lab configurations, reduce setup time, and enhance the student learning experience.
Hardware: NI CompactRIO
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Two-Wheeled Balancing Transport Platform
A senior design team at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) set out to develop an interdisciplinary mechatronic system by designing and prototyping a two-wheeled robotic locomotion platform inspired by the Segway Human Transporte
Hardware: NI CompactRIO
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