June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
This paper presents the development of a Motion Control Laboratory in the department of Mechanical Engineering at Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). The main objectives of the lab are to 1) Prepare students to work in real-world motion control applications by providing students with hands-on experiences to better understand control system design ideas and concepts, 2) Expose students to electromechanical and fluid power hardware, and 3) Educate students about the benefits and capabilities of fluid power and electromechanical actuation. Students analyze systems in both open-loop and closed-loop operation, implement simulations validated by experimentation, and perform control system design. Hands-on laboratory experiences are used to reinforce control system concepts, introduce students to fluid power and electromechanical hardware, and provide experience with real-time control and industrial strength hardware. The lab experiences begin with a structured inquiry format investigation into numerous control strategies and culminate with an open-ended design lab experience where the students design a closed-loop controller of their choice to meet a set of desired design specifications. This allows students to connect how abstract concepts lead to the realizable control of hardware. Outcomes of a student exit survey are used to provide recommendations for future improvement in class offerings.
Rodriguez, L. A., & Williams, D., & Cook, M. D. (2019, June), Development of a Motion Control Laboratory Focusing on Control Design and Fluid Power Education Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32648
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