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Experiments in the Autumn Semester

On this page you will find short descriptions of every experiment we offer. You can also download the manuals and necessary files for your homework preparation from here.

Registration: Please register for experiments on the D-ITET online registration website.


1.2 Man in the Loop

Man in the Loop

In this experiment YOU are the controller! You are in the loop and control different plants on the screen by means of a joystick. After that, a transfer function is derived based on your control behavior.

Prerequisites

It is strongly recommended that you already have taken 'Regelsysteme 1', in particular:

  • Transfer functions (RS1 §§ 3.2-4; week 3)
  • Bode-diagram (RS1 § 9; week 6)
  • Nyquist Criterion (RS1 § 10; week 6)
Homework

Review the lecture notes mentioned above

Place

ETL C23.2

Downloads

Manual



1.4 Helicopter I - Fuzzy Logic

Helicopter I - Fuzzy Logic

Use fuzzy logic to create a controller for a model helicopter. Take advantage of the human friendly, rule based technique to control any system that is difficult to describe mathematically. Ignore the internal structure of the model (Black Box), instead control the helicopter by only studying the behavior of the inputs and the outputs. Simulink will be used to develop the fuzzy controller.

Prerequisites

Basics of feedback control, in particular:

  • The idea of feedback (RS1 §§ 4.1-3; weeks 3-4)
Homework

Preparation time approx 1.5 hrs, see Manual.

Place

ETL C23.2

Downloads

Manual



1.6 Traffic Control

Traffic Control

Master the daily rush-hour traffic jam by modelling the traffic lights control for a crossroads near Stauffacher. There are trams, cars and pedestrians, each with a distinct set of sensors and traffic lights. Trams get priority over cars and pedestrians. Use Simulink and Stateflow (finite state machine modelling) for this experiment.

Prerequisites
  • none
Homework

Preparation time approx 2 hrs, see Manual.

Place

ETL C23.2

Downloads

Manual

Stateflow Tutorial



1.9 Ranger - Inverted Pendulum

Ranger - Inverted Pendulum

Ranger is a pendulum system with one degree of freedom. Get to know the basic properties of a PID controller on this simple, yet highly dynamic system. A graphical user interface will guide you step-by-step through the process. Learn more about topics like the Nyquist-criterion, dead-time and crossover frequencies. Be careful though, Ranger can get nasty if your controller is unstable!

This is an experiment supervised by IDSC and only available on Friday

Prerequisites
  • PID (RS1 § 4.4; week 4)
  • Lead-Lag Compensator
Homework

Preparation time approx 2 hrs, see Manual.

Place

ML E55

Downloads

Manual



1.10 Ball on Wheel

Ball on Wheel

This experiment consists of a wheel that is actuated by an electric motor. A ball has to be balanced on top of it whereby the position of the ball is measured by a laser sensor. You design two controllers to stabilize the ball and allow for reference tracking of the wheel's speed: The first controller consists of two cascaded SISO-loops whereas the second controller is a MIMO-controller.

This is an experiment supervised by IDSC and only available on Friday

Prerequisites
  • Basics of linear system theory (RS1 §§ 2.5, 3.1, 16.2; weeks 2-3, 10-11)
  • LQG/LTR (RS1 § 17.9; week 13)
Homework

Preparation time approx 2 hrs, see Manual.

Place

ML E55

Downloads

Manual

Matlab Template



2.4 Speed Control - Ziegler-Nichols (PID)

Speed Control - Ziegler-Nichols (PID)

Design and analyze a P-, PI- and PID controller for speed control of a DC motor drive. You will develop a model of the system in Matlab, which you can use afterwards to visualize step responses of the plant. The design of the controller follows the Ziegler-Nichols tuning rules. Validate the model by applying a reference step to both the model and the system. Since the control action is limited (i.e. the current you may feed to the motor), you will observe windup effects in the closed-loop systems. This is a very common situation for real plants.

Prerequisites
  • Basics of PID control (RS1 §§ 4.4, 5; week 4)
Homework

Preparation time approx 1.5 hrs, see Manual.

Place

ETL C23.2

Downloads

Manual

Matlab Template



2.7 Air Ball

Air Ball

In this experiment the height of a ball suspended in an air tube will be controlled. A fan at the bottom of the tube causes upward airflow that pushes the ball up to counteract the downward force of gravity. The fan speed can be controlled to change the air stream velocity, causing a change in ball height. A PID controller will be designed to follow reference trajectories of the ball height and reject disturbances. You will learn the basics of PID control and understand the effects of changing the controller gains.

Prerequisites
  • none
Homework

Preparation time approx 1 hrs, see Manual.

Place

ETL C23.2

Downloads

Manual