The Linear Flexible Joint with Inverted Pendulum is an ideal way to introduce intermediate control concepts related to vibration analysis and resonance, encountered, for example, in linkages and mechanical transmissions. The experiment challenges students to design a state-feedback control system that can balance an inverted pendulum mounted on the linear flexible joint cart, while minimizing the spring deflection.
Linear Flexible Joint with Inverted Pendulum
The Linear Flexible Joint with Inverted Pendulum combines two fundamental control challenges to give students an opportunity to a more advanced modeling and control challenge.
The force between electromagnet and ball is highly nonlinear. Further, the electromagnet itself has its own dynamics that must be compensated for. The challenging dynamics of the system make it perfect for teaching modeling, linearization, current control, position control, and using multiple loops (i.e. cascade control). It could also be used to test and implement more advanced control strategies, such as multi-variable, gain scheduling, and nonlinear control.
The experiment is reconfigurable for various aerospace systems, from 1 DOF and 2 DOF helicopter to half-quadrotor. Integrating Quanser-developed QFLEX 2 computing interface technology, the Quanser AERO also offers flexibility in lab configurations, using a PC, or microcontrollers, such as NI myRIO, Arduino and Raspberry Pi. With the comprehensive course materials included, you can build a state-of-the-art teaching lab for your mechatronics or control courses, engage students in various design and capstone projects, and validate your research concepts on a high-quality, robust, and precise platform.
QLabs Robotics is a collection of virtual laboratory activities that supplement traditional or online robotics courses. The virtual hardware labs are based on Quanser QArm robotic manipulator and QBot 2e mobile ground robot. The virtual twins of these robots are fully instrumented and dynamically accurate, allowing users to measure simulated sensors, including video and depth data, interact with virtual environments, and work with the same code created for the "real" robots. With QLabs Robotics, you can combine physical and virtual plants to enrich your lectures and in-lab activities and increases engagement and students’ learning outcomes in class-based or online courses.
Same as the physical Quanser AERO, the virtual system is a dual-rotor helicopter model that can be reconfigured for 1 DOF attitude, 2 DOF helicopter, or half-quadrotor experiments. Rotary encoders measure the angular position of the propeller DC motors, the speed of the motors is measured through a software-based tachometer.
Same as the physical Coupled Tanks, the virtual system features a single pump and two tanks. Each tank is instrumented with a pressure sensor to measure the liquid level. The different outflow valves configurations allow to direct the flow of the liquid, while the flow rate can be changed by using outflow orifices of different diameters.
The 2 DOF Robot module is connected to two Rotary Servo Base Units, which are mounted at a fixed distance. Two servomotors on the Rotary Servo Base Units are mounted at a fixed distance and control a 4-bar linkage system: two powered arms coupled through two non-powered arms. The system is planar and has two actuated and three unactuated revolute joints. The goal of the 2 DOF Robot experiment is to manipulate the X-Y position of a four-bar linkage end effector. Such a system is similar to the kinematic problems encountered in the control of other parallel mechanisms that have singularities.
QLabs Controls is a collection of virtual laboratory activities that supplement traditional or online control systems courses. The virtual hardware labs are based on Quanser QUBE-Servo 2 and Quanser AERO systems which allows you to combine physical and virtual plants to enrich lectures and in-lab activities and increases engagement and students’ learning outcomes in class-based or online courses.