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Development of a Ball and Plate System

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

Publication Date

June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Dynamic Systems and Control

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Mechanical Engineering

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26.518.1 - 26.518.13



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Chan Ham Kennesaw State University

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He is an Associate Professor in Mechatronics Engineering at the Kennesaw State University. He has over fifteen year experience in Mechatronics education and research.

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Mohsin Mohammad Taufiq Southern Polytechnic State University

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Mohsin Mohammad Taufiq is a senior year undergraduate student at Southern Polytechnic State University perusing a B.S. in Mechatronics Engineering. Currently he is assisting Ph.D. Chan Ham of Mechatronics department at the Southern Polytechnic State University in research.

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Work-in-Progress: Development of a Ball and Plate SystemIt presents the development of a dynamic ball-and-plate system. The four degrees of freedom systemconsists of sensors, actuators, a control algorithm, and a computer system to keep a free rollingball in a desired position on a flat plate accounting for external disturbances which may occur.Due to its complexity, multiple steps are taken to solve the design challenges and develop thesystem. This project extends the ball and beam concept to a ball-and-plate balancing system.The major works are mathematical modeling, kinematic constraints and dimensional analysis,simulations, and construction of the system. This system will consist of applying different controlstrategies and analyzing various system parameters. Under the predetermined boundaries and natureof the ball, it will utilize sensors, actuation mechanisms, controller design for motor control, andexperimental testing. Simulating software will provide insight on the material and resourceselections required for the development of the system. The design is validated by simulations usingSimulink/MatlabTM. The system feasibility and optimal operation are fully considered in the designphase. After the construction of the balancing system, mathematical and simulation results will becompared to the experimental data.The completion of the ball-and-plate system development will provide the understanding ofanalyzing different control designs on various system parameters based on multidisciplinarymechatronics design principles. This can also be integrated on various platforms such as: industrialmachinery, vehicles, aerospace, and defense systems. These platforms can improve its performanceand accuracy levels through stabilization concept of the ball-and-plate system. The groundworkestablished in this project provides a valuable test bed for Mechatronic students since they can fostertheir class learning and practical experience with this multidisciplinary system.Origamata, "Ball and Plate," 2012,, A. ; Nauman, N. ; Khan, M.J., “Design, control and implementation of a ball on platebalancing system,” 2012 9th International Bhurban Conference on Applied Sciences andTechnology (IBCAST), 2012, Page(s): 22 - 26Moarref, M. ; Saadat, M. ; Vossoughi, G., “ Mechatronic design and position control of a novel balland plate system,” 2008 16th Mediterranean Conference on Control and Automation, 2008 ,Page(s): 1071 – 1076

Ham, C., & Taufiq, M. M. (2015, June), Development of a Ball and Plate System Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.23857

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