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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
The disciplines found within the area of motion and controls is a vital element of each engineer’s education. The ability to understand and then control dynamic systems is a fundamental skill required for many working engineers today. The aim of this project is to further develop the tools and methods available to teach and prepare engineering students to effectively design control system architecture, and then successfully implement their design into real world systems. The main goal is to design an apparatus that can be used to teach control system methods and has an affordable price. There are few experiments where there is one overall project that can be used to teach multiple class topics from start to finish. This project was designed to be modular and easily changed to fit the topic at hand. The designs were created using a computer aided design software and then the structural components were 3D printed, thus making it easy to modify and repair. The electronic components were purchased, and the constructed models are then used to teach motion and control techniques in a thorough and engaging way adding the experience of real-world feedback to the normally theoretical control education.
Arduin, Megan, "Low-Cost Control Engineering Experiments" (2017). Honors Theses. 2903.
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