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Development of Attachments for the Quanser Qube

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Experimentation and Laboratory-Oriented Studies Division Poster Session

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Diane L. Peters Kettering University

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Dr. Peters is an Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Kettering University.

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Aaron-Joseph Michael Jones

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At our University, the Dynamic Systems classes utilize a combination of the Quanser® Qube servo 2 hardware, the National Instruments® myRIO units, and Mathworks® MATLAB/Simulink software in its lab portions. The combination of the Qube, the myRIO, and MATLAB has been especially useful in systems control classes. But this usefulness has been limited to the Qubes two attachments: the inertial disk and the inverted pendulum. The purpose of this project was to extend the usefulness of the Quanser Qube servo 2. This is achieved by the development of new attachments for it that use its existing equipment in various and new ways with some new programming in MATLAB. The first set of new attachments are different sized inertial disks with different inertias. The next set uses two Qubes to setup a drive gear and belt drive between the two using different sized gears. Another new attachment is a four-bar linkage for use on a single Qube, and the last one being a customizable wind turbine attachment.

This paper will first present the background of the implementation of the Qube and the myRIO in the course and why this project was started. Next it will introduce each of the custom-made attachments or sets of attachments in their own section. Each section will describe the attachment and what can be done with them and how they can be implemented into the course.

Peters, D. L., & Jones, A. M. (2021, July), Development of Attachments for the Quanser Qube Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference.

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