ECE 30800 - Systems Simulation and Control Laboratory

Lab Hours: 3 Credits: 1

Counts as:
CMPE Complementary Elective
EE Elective - Adv Level Lab

Normally Offered: Each Fall, Spring

(ECE 20008 or ECE 20800) and ECE 38200 [may be taken concurrently]

Catalog Description:
Instruction and laboratory exercises in the solution of differential equations that arise in the modeling of physical systems. Instruction in the principles of operation and design of linear control systems.

Course Objectives:
To develop student insight into the mathematical modeling of devices and systems and the solution of the associated ordinary differential equations and to develop student understanding of the basic principles involved in the design of closed loop systems to meet standard specifications.

Required Text(s):
  1. Analog Computer Handbook, 3rd Edition, V. Haas, Copley Publishing, 1985, ISBN No. 0-89917-450-7.

Recommended Text(s): None.

Learning Outcomes:

A student who successfully fulfills the course requirements will have demonstrated:
  1. an ability to use MATLAB and Simulink to perform hardware-in-the-loop simulation . [1,6]
  2. an ability to obtain transfer functions of simple systems using experimental methods. [1,6]
  3. an ability to design, build, and test a variety of feedback controllers for different plants (servo motor, ball-beam, and inverted pendulum). [1,6]
  4. an ability to assess the performance of designed controllers. [1,6]
  5. an ability to describe controller objectives, designs, and experimental results via lab reports. [3,6]
  6. an ability to work in teams to design controllers to meet the desired objectives. [3,5]

Lab Outline:

Lab Topic
1 Lecture on the Theory of Analog Computation. Begin Experiment #1
2 Lecture on Scaling. Laboratory Experiment #1: How to use the Condyna GP-6 Computer.
3 Lecture on Estimating Maximum Values. Laboratory Experiment #2: Magnitude and Time Scaling.
4 Lecture on Nonlinear Operations. Laboratory Experiment #3: Simulation of a Nonlinear System.
5 Lecture on Transfer Function Stimulation. Complete Experiment #3.
6 Lecture on the Operation of DC Machines. Introduction to Project Work. Laboratory Experiment #4: Simulation of Transfer Functions.
7 Lecture on the Design of Transfer Functions Using Op Amps. Begin Laboratory Experiment #5: Amplifiers for Control Systems.
8 Lecture on the Identification of Parameters. Complete Laboratory Experiment #5. Begin Laboratory Experiment #6: Transfer Functions of Control Devices.
9 Lecture on Transient Response of Closed Loop Systems to Step and Ramp Inputs. Complete Laboratory Experiment #6.
10 Laboratory Experiment #7: A Velocity Control System. Lecture on Compensation of Feedback Systems.
11 Extra week to catch up for those who are behind.
12-15 Microprocessor-based Position Control Project