June 15, 2014
June 15, 2014
June 18, 2014
24.709.1 - 24.709.15
IMPLEMENTING PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING PROJECTS TO SYNTHESIZE FEEDBACK CONTROLLERS USING SIMULINK AND STUDENTS ASSESMENT AbstractIn the quest for control, there is no shortage of automatic control techniques to the real-worlddynamical systems, but meeting the requirements with strict design standards includingascertaining optimality throughout the course of engineering process, modeling and applicationstill need much more on teaching methods due to be revised and implemented. This paper presentsa variety of problem-based projects introduced to learn modern control techniques and simulationthrough in-class projects in controls and mechatronics courses offered to junior and seniormechanical and aerospace undergraduate engineering students. As in literature and establishingthe laboratory, mostly these type of activities have been limited to the problems based on linearcontrol methods and design. The primary objective of the paper is to exchange implementable andviable demonstrative ideas for teaching nonlinear control techniques using real-time simulationmethods. Technically, the project implementations are based on programming in MATLAB andSIMULINK for nonlinear controller design such as state-dependent Riccati equations that requireto solve governing nonlinear differential equations using state-space modeling and LQ type design.Moreover, in view of aerospace world, particularly focusing on current research needs in the areasof air traffic control, space monitoring, missile guidance, bio-inspired design of unmanned vehicles& trajectory planning, space situational awareness, atmospheric reentry and optimal rendezvous,there are many well-known problems in dynamics and controls, structures, services andobservations that can be subjectively opened to undergraduate and graduate level class through thecourse curriculum to enhance their interest and motivation to active learning of course materialand further advancements to be ready for joining industry and research. Based on these mentionedaerospace topics, the problems introduced in the class-project activities are designed to primarilyaddress multifaceted ABET outcomes, especially c, d, h and k and enthuse a diversifiedinterdisciplinary research orientation to students’ technical mindset. Finally, author presents adetailed study of students’ assessment, grasping capabilities and challenges to make it thoroughand rewarding for undergraduate research experiences in Aerospace Controls and Engineering.
Sharma, R., & Nagchaudhuri, A. (2014, June), Implementing Problem-based Learning Projects To Synthesize Feedback Controllers Using MATLAB/Simulink and Students' Assessment Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20601
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