Labs for the Quanser QNET Mechatronic Actuators Board

Quanser QNET Mechatronics Add-On Board for NI ELVIS
This set of labs introduce a variety of actuators commonly used in mechatronic systems. Each lab teaches students about the fundamentals of an actuator, design considerations, common specifications, interfacing, and operation. Through hands-on experimentation, students learn principles of electromagnetic actuation, linear and PWM actuators, brushed and brushless DC motors, stepper motors, and servos. Each ABET-aligned lab includes an overview of theory, in lab exercises, and assessments.
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  • Students learn the fundamentals of common mechatronic actuators, including design considerations, common specifications, interfacing and operation.
  • Students perform hands-on experiments to control and study the characteristics of common mechatronic actuators



Level University
Topic Mechatronics Fundamentals
Style Laboratory
Prerequisite Skills Basic Physics


Students learn about magnetic fields of coiled conductors, and implement electromagnetic field theory to actuate a solenoid.
Students learn about linear amplifiers, PWM amplifiers, H-Bridges, and deadband while controlling a DC motor.
Students learn about Flemming's left hand rule, brushed DC motors, and brushless DC motors, and use PWM to control a brushless DC motor.
Students learn about stepper motor winding configurations, excitation modes, and control, and use full and half stepping to control the stepper motor.
Students study the operation of stepper motors and use PWM to control one.


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Quanser QNET Mechatronic Actuators Board

The QNET Mechatronic Actuators Board is ideally suited to introduce a variety of actuators that are commonly used in mechatronic systems today. It consists of a 6 V solenoid, two 24 V brushed DC motors, a 24 V brushless DC motor, a 5 V unipolar stepper motor, and a 6V servo motor.


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