Inertial Measurement

This lab explores acceleration, rotation, and magnetic field measurements using an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) sensor. Students will measure the output of the accelerometer and gyroscope sensors in the IMU, and determine roll, pitch, and yaw . Finally, students will approximate the earth’s magnetic field direction using magnetometer measurements.
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This is lab 7 of 9 in the course, Fundamentals of Mechatronic Sensors.


After completing this lab, students will be able to:
  1. Identify components of an Inertial Measurement Unit
  2. Estimate roll and pitch using an accelerometer
  3. Estimate yaw b integrating the output of a gyroscope
  4. Analyze gyroscopic drift
  5. Approximate Earth's magnetic field direction using a magnetormeter
  6. Determine magnetometer offset
  7. Observe Euler geometric singularities when estimating roll and pitch


  • Physics I or equivalent
  • Calculus I or equivalent
  • Basic LabVIEW Proficiency


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Quanser Mechatronic Sensors Board for NI ELVIS III

The Quanser Mechatronic Sensors Application Board introduces students to different sensors and highlights their advantages and limitations in a mechatronic design context.

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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

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