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TECHNICAL BRIEFS

Using a Hydraulically Balanced Beam System in Control Education

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Pai-Hsueh Yang, Mark Lemkin, David M. Auslander

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720

J. Dyn. Sys., Meas., Control 119(4), 815-819 (Dec 01, 1997) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2802395 History: Received September 16, 1994; Online December 03, 2007

Abstract

This paper discusses a low cost solution to teaching controls in the laboratory through the use of a novel balance beam. The balance beam provides a vehicle to study many aspects of both control implementation and control algorithms. Due to the complexity of the system, a full semester of laboratory exercises is provided for even advanced students. The flexibility of the system provides challenging exercises for different levels of education. A low overall cost translates to accessibility to more schools. The ability to achieve good tracking performance with a simple cascaded loop controller makes this an ideal tool for teaching controls in a laboratory setting.

Copyright © 1997 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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