DC Motor Speed Control

Controlling the speed of a DC motor is one of the most common tasks that automation, robotics, and industrial engineers are called upon to perform when creating industrial systems. In this lab students will learn the fundamentals of qualitative and quantitative PI control design. They will then implement a controller and analyze the data through a series of short calculations and short answer questions. The skills gained in these exercises are directly applicable to a multitude of exciting emerging application areas in engineering.
by Quanser Inc.

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This is lab 2 of 6 in the course, Control System Design and Analysis.


After completing this lab, students will be able to:
  1. Tune PI control parameters for speed control of a DC motor.
  2. Design PI control parameters to meet speed control specifications.
  3. Use lead compensator design to control the speed of a DC motor.


  • Differential Equations or equivalent
  • Linear Algebra or equivalent
  • Dynamic Systems or equivalent
  • Basic LabVIEW Proficiency


Engineering laboratory solution for project-based learning that combines instrumentation and embedded design with a web-driven experience, delivering a greater understanding of engineering fundamentals and system design.

Quanser Controls Board for NI ELVIS III

The Quanser Controls Application Board is a versatile servo system designed to teach the fundamentals of DC motor control, with an optional pendulum module to teach advanced topics in non-linear control.


LabVIEW is systems engineering software for applications that require test, measurement, and control with rapid access to hardware and data insights.

Required Software

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  • NI ELVIS III Software Bundle (2018 or later)
    • LabVIEW (Requires license)
    • LabVIEW Real-Time Module (Requires license)
    • NI ELVIS III Toolkit
    • LabVIEW Control Design & Simulation (Requires License)

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