Ball and Beam

1 DOF Control Platform for Teaching and Research
ACROME Ball and Beam System is ideal to introduce students to the fundamental and intermediate principles of controls. Let's teach automatic control with Ball and Beam!
OVERVIEW
Apply control theory in real-life with ACROME Ball and Beam! The ball and beam system consists of a long beam together with a ball rolling back and forth on top of the beam. The long beam tilted by a servo. Our Ball and Beam System provides practicing the automatic control theory on a closed loop experiment. Controlling the position of a ball on a beam is one of the classical problems of control theory. Ball and Beam System can be used for a wide range of control system design implementations from basic linear controllers to advanced nonlinear methods. Students are able to understand system design approaches with Ball and Beam's learn-by-doing method. With the help of the courseware, they can distinguish effects of linearizations, assumptions and modeling errors due to the differences between simulations and real world experiments.
SOFTWARE OPTIONS
LabVIEW, Real-Time (optional), FPGA (optional)
Altair Activate
Executable & GUI
Python
LabVIEW, Real-Time, FPGA (optional)
MatLab/Simulink
API for External Control (Examples for LV, Matlab, Python)
* Different controllers may require
PLATFORM OPTIONS
Local PC (Windows)
Digital-Twin
Local PC (Windows / Mac OS)
Remote Lab
FEATURES

Assembled and ready to control plant with the integrated power unit

Getting Started Program with rich Graphical User Interface for out-of-the-box user experience

Implementation of advanced digital control techniques

Fully compatible with MATLAB®/Simulink® and LabVIEW™

Fully documented system models and parameters provided for MATLAB®/Simulink®, LabVIEW™

Actuating the table by RC servo motor, which is familiar to students

Actuating the table by RC servo motor, which is familiar to students

Enables students to create their own real-time algorithms

Open architecture with extensive courseware, suitable for undergraduate courses for engineering disciplines related to control systems

CURRICULUM
COMPONENTS OF BALL AND BEAM SYSTEM
RC Servo Motor
Potentiometer Sensor
Controller
Acrome Power Distribution BoxMechanics of the System
FUNDAMENTALS OF PWM
PWM Signaling Theory
Generating PWM Signals Driving RC Servos with PWM Signals
FEEDBACK IN CONTROL SYSTEMS
Reading Ball Position from Potentiometer Sensor
Derivative Filtering
SYSTEM MODELING
System Identification Methods
Modeling of Actuator
Obtaining Transfer Function of Plant
PERFORMANCE MEASURES
Time Domain Characteristics
Steady State Response and Steady State Error
CONTROL SYSTEM DESIGN
Time Response Characteristics
PID Controller and Fuzzy Logic Controller
Step Response and Steady-State Error
CONTROL SYSTEM VERIFICATION
Frequency Response Analysis
Experimental Bode Diagrams
Cut-Off Frequency Determination
SPECIFICATIONS

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