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From Industry to the Classroom: A Low-Cost Hardware-In-Loop Simulator for Classic Controls Experiments

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

Start Date

June 15, 2019

End Date

June 19, 2019

Conference Session

Mechanical Engineering Division Technical Session 9

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Mechanical Engineering

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David S. Bowden Lawrence Technological University

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David has over 20 years of experience in embedded system design in the automotive industry. He currently works for Fiat Chrysler Automotive in the Systemic Quality department.
He has a B.S.E.E. from Oakland University and is currently completing his M.S. in Mechatronics at Lawrence Technological University.

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James A. Mynderse Lawrence Technological University Orcid 16x16

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James A. Mynderse, PhD is an Associate Professor in the A. Leon Linton Department of Mechanical Engineering at Lawrence Technological University. His research interests include mechatronics, dynamic systems, and control with applications to piezoelectric actuators, hysteresis, and perception. He serves as the faculty advisor for the LTU Baja SAE team.

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Control system design and validation can be a frustrating experience for many students. These students benefit from the inclusion of a laboratory component that provides a hands-on experience to complement lecture. However, physical space and funding for educational labs are always competitive. One solution is the use of low-cost take-home kits that allow students to design and validate feedback controllers outside of the confines of a physical laboratory space. Currently, take-home kits are often used for simpler tasks, such as controlling LEDs and motors, and do not extend to feedback control of classical control experiments, such as the inverted pendulum. Inspired by industrial controller design techniques, a low-cost take-home kit was developed to act as a Hardware-in-Loop tester for the inverted pendulum experiment. The resulting low-cost Hardware-in-Loop tester is validated against a real inverted pendulum to demonstrate performance.

Bowden, D. S., & Mynderse, J. A. (2019, June), From Industry to the Classroom: A Low-Cost Hardware-In-Loop Simulator for Classic Controls Experiments Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32864

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