Motion Control and Drives Laboratory


The lab is structured to support the following activities:


Students learn firsthand how to operate PC-based systems with data acquisition capability for simulation and hardware tests, DSP board (custom design and out-of-shelf) based systems, and advanced digital control implementation means such as field programmable gate arrays (FPGA) which allows students to learn the sequential interfaces between the host computer, the driving circuit, and the system under control. Students experience the connection and use of different peripheral devices, such as pulse-width-modulated (PWM) inverters, transducers, serial interfaces, sensors, etc.

System design

Students learns how to design, build, or assemble a part or product, or configure control systems especially adapted to automation applications; and testing and debugging a prototype using appropriate engineering tools. This activity prepares students to solve real-world problems as they enter the workforce or continue their education and research.


Student have two options for software learning: 1) To write C-language code and interrupt-service routines, or 2) To use a MATLAB/Simulink interface. Simulink is a block-diagram graphical-user-interface based simulation package that works within the MATLAB environment and allows linear and nonlinear, continuous-time and discrete-time simulation. In addition, students can choose from a broad range of control design toolboxes. The Control-Systems Toolbox, in particular, greatly aids control-system analysis and design.


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