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Overview

The Linear Motion Control Lab is one of the most popular, flexible and modular solutions for teaching controls. Based on the world’s leading turn-key platform for controls education, it is designed to help engineering educators reach a new level of efficiency and effectiveness in teaching controls.

High quality DC motor and gearbox
High resolution optical encoders to sense position of the cart and pendulum angels
Two pendulum sizes supplied: medium and long
Seven add-on modules to expand the use of the base unit (modules can be purchased separately)
Easy-connect cables and connectors
High quality aluminum chassis with precision-crafted parts
Fully compatible with MATLAB®/Simulink® and LabVIEW™

Rack dimensions (L x W x H) 102 cm x 15 cm x 6.1 cm
Cart travel 81.4 cm
Pendulum workspace (L x W x H) 219 cm x 30 cm x 127 cm (56 cm below the desk surface)
Cart mass 0.38 kg
Cart weight mass 0.37 kg
Motor nominal input voltage 6 V
Motor maximum continuous current (recommended) 1 A
Motor maximum speed (recommended) 6000 RPM
Planetary gear box ratio 3.71
Cart encoder resolution (in quadrature) 4096 counts/rev
Medium pendulum mass (with T-fitting) 0.127 kg
Medium pendulum length (pivot to tip) 33.65 cm
Long pendulum mass 0.230 kg
Long pendulum length (pivot to tip) 64.13 cm
Pendulum encoder resolution (in quadrature) 4096 count/rev
Modeling Topics
  • Derivation of dynamic model from first-principles
  • Transfer function representation
  • Model validation
  • Derivation of dynamic model using Lagrange
  • State-space representation
  • Linearization
Control Topics
  • PID
  • Lead Compensator design
  • Linear-quadratic regulator (LQR)
  • Hybrid control
  • Pole placement
  • Energy-based/non-linear control

For Simulink

  • QUARC® add-on for MATLAB®/Simulink®
  • Quanser VoltPAQ-X1 linear voltage amplifier
  • One of the following DAQ devices:
    • Quanser Q2-USB
    • Quanser Q8-USB
    • Quanser QPIDe

For LabVIEW

  • Quanser Rapid Control Prototyping (Q-RCP) Toolkit® add-on for NI LabVIEW™
  • Quanser VoltPAQ-X1 linear voltage amplifier
  • One of the following DAQ devices:
    • NI CompactRIO with Quanser Q1-cRIO
    • NI myRIO with Quanser Terminal Board
    • Quanser Q2-USB
    • Quanser Q8-USB
    • Quanser QPIDe

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