Lab 5: Gain Scheduling

Quanser AERO
In this lab, students will explore the concept of gain scheduling, a process in which multiple linear controllers are designed for each operating region in a control system. One of the standard approaches in dealing with closed-loop systems is linearizing the system and then using a linear control approach. However, linearizing works in a nominal region, outside of which, the linearized model fails. The control strategy therefore also fails outside this operating region. A solution to this is to use multiple linear models, linearized about different operating points, which is known as gain scheduling.
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This is lab 5 of 6 in the course, Quanser AERO: Fundamentals of Controls.


  • Gain Scheduling Concept Review
  • Gain Scheduling Lab Manual
  • Gain Scheduling LabVIEW Code


  • Gain Scheduling Recommended Assessment
  • Gain Scheduling 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.

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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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