Lab 1: First Principles Modeling

Quanser AERO
This lab introduces students to the principles of modeling in control theory and its importance within engineering. In the field of control systems, modeling is the established technique for initial control design allowing engineers to hone in on a set of control parameters, and test the predicted performance of the system. In this lab, students use LabVIEW to develop a model for the Quanser AERO’s thrusters to relate the voltage applied to the angular speed of the propellers.
by Quanser Inc.
This is module 1 of 6 in the course set, Quanser AERO: Fundamentals of Controls.

STUDENT MATERIALS

  • First Principles Modeling Concept Review
  • First Principles Modeling Lab Manual
  • First Principles Modeling LabVIEW Code
 

INSTRUCTOR RESOURCES

  • First Principles Modeling Recommended Assessment
  • First Principles Modeling Answer Key and Completed LabVIEW Code Solutions
 

SKILLS REQUIRED

 
  • Basic Understanding of Controls
  • LabVIEW Experience

LabVIEW

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myRIO

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Quanser AERO

The Quanser AERO is a fully integrated lab experiment consisting of two propellers, powered by DC motors, designed for teaching mechatronics and controls concepts at the undergraduate level, as well as for advanced aerospace research applications.

Required Software

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  • myRIO Software Bundle (2013 or later)
    • LabVIEW (Requires license)
    • LabVIEW Real-Time Module (Requires license)
    • LabVIEW myRIO Toolkit
    • LabVIEW Quanser Rapid Control Prototyping (QRCP) Toolkit
    • LabVIEW Control Design and Simulation Module
    • LabVIEW MathScript RT Module (only used in certain VIs)

Required Hardware

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