University of Twente Student Theses


Demonstrator of advanced controllers

Dirne, Hans (2005) Demonstrator of advanced controllers.

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Abstract:The aim of this Masters of Science assignment was to build a demonstration setup on which various control systems can be tested. This 'Mechatronic Demonstrator' is supposed to be used at lectures in control engineering theory in the Electrical Engineering and Mechatronics curriculum of the University of Twente. The objective is to support the theory by examples in practice on a mechatronic device. Besides making the theory more insightful, real limitations in practical setups can be shown easily. The design of the new demonstration setup is originated from a printer - it has a slider moving back and forth, with as special construction a flexible frame. Due to this, the demonstrator is assumed to behave like a fourth order model which makes it interesting for educational purposes. The demonstrator turned out to be a integrated machine, small, though heavy. Only a power cable and an Ethernet cable are required for normal operation, the system is plug-and-play and it has extended remote capabilities such as parameter variation and real time variable monitoring. An especially interesting feature is the animation capability, which shows a 3D-representation of the setup moving along with the demonstrator itself in real time. PID- and LQG control algorithms have been tested both in theory as on the mechatronic demonstrator. Key part in this assignment was the system integration. Several parts of the project were developed separately already. This assignment focused on combining knowledge to design, build and test an integrated mechatronic demonstration setup.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:53 electrotechnology
Programme:Electrical Engineering MSc (60353)
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