Lab 3: Qualitative PID Control

Block diagram of PID Control
Students will be introduced to one of the methods of tuning gains of a PID controller to achieve the required specifications in the system response, known as qualitative tuning. Students will also be exposed to the expertise and knowledge regarding the control strategy required for qualitative tuning. In this lab, students use LabVIEW to manually tune a PID controller based on the quality of the system response of the Aero plant.
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This is lab 3 of 6 in the course, Quanser AERO: Fundamentals of Controls.


  • Qualitative PID Control Concept Review
  • Qualitative PID Control Lab Manual
  • Qualitative PID Control LabVIEW Code


  • Qualitative PID Control Recommended Assessment
  • Qualitative PID Control LabVIEW Code Solutions


  • Basic Understanding of Controls
  • LabVIEW Experience

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These labs prepare students with prerequisite skills.


These labs enable students to apply the skills they learn.


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


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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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