Date of Award

12-2014

Degree Name

MS in Electrical Engineering

Department

Electrical Engineering

Advisor

Arthur MacCarley

Abstract

A digital motor controller for student lab use is designed, built, and tested. The controller uses an encoder for position measurement, and an H-bridge to drive the electromechanical plant.

A user interface is created to enhance usability of the device. The user interface is able to display key parameters of the control algorithm as well as the state of the system. It is also used to modify the gains and sample rate of the control algorithm.

The design of the system is refined, and 10 units are built for the EE472 Digital Controls Lab. The lab manuals for the first 4 experiments are revised to match and support the new system.

The possible future for the project is described with some suggestions for improving the system.

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