Lab 2: System Identification

Free-body Diagram of 1-DOF Quanser Aero
In the First Principles Modeling Concept Review, students developed a model to represent the relation between the applied motor voltage and the angular speed of the spinning propellers. With a thruster model for both of the Quanser AERO’s thrusters from the previous lab, students proceed to model the AERO itself. The goal in this lab is for students to relate the voltage applied to both the motors to the AERO’s pitch angle.
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This is lab 2 of 6 in the course, Quanser AERO: Fundamentals of Controls.


  • System Identification Concept Review
  • System Identification Lab Manual
  • System Identification LabVIEW Code


  • System Identification Recommended Assessment
  • System Identification Completed LabVIEW Code Solutions


  • Basic Understanding of Controls
  • LabVIEW Experience

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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)

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