Controls Labs for the Quanser QUBE Servomotor and Pendulum

The Quanser QUBE-Servo combined with NI myRIO and LabVIEW provide a powerful platform for students to learn control systems
This set of ABET-aligned labs introduces students to basic controls concepts using the QUBE™ servo motor. Students will get hands-on experience designing models and control systems for an inertial disc and pendulum, giving students a fundamental background in the theory and experimentation of controlling a system. Then, students can use the skills they've learned to complete advanced labs that relevant to real-world applications including cruise control and steering control. Use the Download button below to acquire resources for the QUBE 2. For QUBE 1 resources, see the resource tab.
by Quanser Inc.

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  • Students learn fundamental controls topics, including modeling, second order systems, PID control, stability analysis, moment of inertia, balance control, LQR optimization, and swing-up control
  • Students complete activities to model, control, and optimize control systems, including inertial disc position and pendulum swing-up control
  • Students complete advanced activities to apply control theory to real-world systems, including cruise control and steering control


Level University
Topic Controls
Style Laboratory
Prerequisite Skills Basic Physics, Basic LabVIEW familiarity




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Quanser QUBE-Servo

The Quanser QUBE-Servo with NI myRIO Connections is a high-fidelity DC servo motor bundle for teaching control theory at an undergraduate level with the real-time control capabilities of NI myRIO. NI myRIO paired with the Quanser QUBE-Servo provides a turnkey, lab-ready solution for students to...

Required Software

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  • myRIO Software Bundle (2015 or later)
    • LabVIEW (Requires license)
    • LabVIEW Real-Time Module (Requires license)
    • LabVIEW myRIO Toolkit
    • LabVIEW Control Design and Simulation Module(Requires license)
    • LabVIEW Mathscript RT Module (Requires license)

Required Hardware

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  • NI myRIO ‒ View Specifications 
  • Quanser QUBE-Servo ‒ User manual included in the download


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