Designing a PD Controller to Specifications

Standard second-order step response that students will demonstrate with controlling a dc motor.
Students learn to design a PD (proportional-derivative) compensator based on specifications to control position. In the lab students first study the derivation of the transfer function, peak time, and overshoot. Then, they complete an in-lab activity to track a reference position square wave using PID control, and observe the effects of disturbances when using using PD and PID control.
by Quanser Inc.
This is lab 3 of 6 in the course, Labs for Quanser QNET DC Motor Add-On Board.


  • PDF Lab 
  • LabVIEW code


  • PDF Lab Key
  • Completed LabVIEW code


  • Basic LabVIEW familiarity recommended
  • Familiarity with control systems

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Quanser QNET DC Motor Add-On Board

This NI ELVIS add-on board is designed to illustrate the fundamentals of motor control through a series of exercises involving modeling and controlling a DC motor.

Required Software

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  • LabVIEW (Requires license)
  • LabVIEW Control Design and Simulation Toolkit (Requires license)
  • LabVIEW MathScript RT Module (Requires license)
  • NI ELVISmx Device Driver

Required Hardware

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  • NI ELVIS II – View Specifications
  • Quanser QNET DC Motor 2.0 Add-on Board – User manual is included in the main download above


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