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Six ControlS Experiments



FUNDAMENTALS OF CONTROLS AND boards, the QNET experiments are to cultivate a deep understanding of
MECHATRONICS an effective tool for teaching controls engineering principles. With QNET
QNET is a series of six experiments fundamentals in various engineering hardware-in-the-loop implementations,
that are designed exclusively for the disciplines including electrical, engineering students can get hands-on,
National Instruments Educational mechanical, mechatronics, aerospace practical experience in the important
Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation and biomedical. Comprehensive aspects of engineering practice. These
Suite (NI ELVIS). Extending the pedagogical curriculum is provided with include control, design and simulation.
functionality of NI ELVIS and all QNET experiments to save educators This spurs student interest, motivation
NI LabVIEW through six training considerable time while enabling students and enhances the laboratory experience.

The LabVIEW graphical programming

environment is used to design measurement,
test and control systems. Intuitive graphical
icons and wires that resemble a flowchart
empower students to rapidly design,
prototype and deploy control algorithms.

QNET controls experiments optimize

lab space. They can be used for multiple
NI ELVIS is an educational design and engineering courses. Choose from six
prototyping platform, tightly integrated different modules for the NI ELVIS
with LabVIEW, which is ideal for teaching workstation.
introductory engineering concepts Curriculum is provided with QNET
including control, design and simulation. experiments to save educators time.

Please see system specifications inside.

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Teaching Control with QNET and NI ELVIS: Six Experiments to Choose From Applicable
Choose from six QNET experiments to teach introductory controls to engineering students in Electrical, Mechanical, Mechatronics, Biomedical and Discipline
Aerospace. The table below provides an overview of how each QNET module can be used to demonstrate specific industrial applications. In addition,

you will find a summary of key attributes, curriculum and technical specifications of each QNET module. Please note NI ElVIS is sold separately. To request a demonstration or quotation, please visit



QNET MODULES Teaching Fundamentals Real-life Curriculum
for NI ELVIS of Control Applications Key Attributes Included Technical Specifications
The DC Motor Control Trainer illustrates System modeling Motor Max current 5A
QNET DC Motor Printers Durable DC servo motor
the fundamentals of DC motor control using Cameras Built-in power amplifier Model validation Torque constant 0.033 Max output power 120 W
CONTROL Trainer Position and speed control Terminal resistance 8.7 ohms
the NI ELVIS platform and LabVIEW Robots High resolution optical encoder to sense position Current Sense Resistor
CD players Plug-and-play design facilitates quick and easy System simulation Rotor inertia 18 g cm2 Current sensitivity 1.0 A/V
software. It can quickly and easily be PID controller design
Vehicles lab setup Max torque 0.1 Nm Encoder
configured to control motor position and Tracking error
Compact and easy to store Linear Amplifier Lines per revolution 2048 lines
speed, as well as parameter estimation and Sensitivity analysis
Protective cover to shield the circuitry Phase and gain margins Gain 2.3 V/V Resolution-quadrature 0.0439 deg/count
control of a haptic knob. Max output voltage 24 V Type TTL
Disturbance rejection
The Rotary Inverted Pendulum Trainer Segway transporter Documented energy based-swing up control design System modeling Motor Motor Encoder
QNET Rotary Torque constant 0.033 N.m/A Lines per revolution 2048 lines
offers students the opportunity to balance a Stabilization of rocket during take-off based on the pendulum link model Parameter estimation
Inverted Human posturing system Durable DC servo motor Balance control
Terminal resistance 8.7 ohms Resolution-quadrature 0.0439 deg/count
vertical rod at the tip of a rotating arm using Rotor inertia 18 g cm2 Type TTL
Pendulum Traction control of vehicles Precise and stiff machined components Linear-Quadratic Regulator (LQR) design Max torque 0.1 N.m Pendulum Encoder
a DC motor. This is a classic pendulum control
Trainer Built-in power amplifier Non-minimum phase Linear Amplifier Lines per revolution 1024 Lines
experiment that can now be performed
High resolution optical encoders to sense positions Friction compensation Gain 2.3 V/V Resolution- Quadrature 0.0879 deg/count
more cost-effectively using the NI ELVIS Max output voltage 24 V Type TTL
Fully document system model and parameters Nonlinear swing-up control
platform and LabVIEW software. Max current 5A Pendulum
Plug-and-play design facilitates quick and easy lab setup Energy-based design
Max output power 120 W Pendulum length 19.1 cm
Compact and easy to store Hybrid balance / swing-up control Current Sense Resistor Pendulum mass 27 g
Protective cover to shield the circuitry Current sensitivity 1.0 A/V Motor Encoder Coupling armlength 8.26 cm

QNET HVAC Trainer Ideal for illustrating concepts covered in Heating ventilation and air Transparent chamber Temperature control Heater maximum power 20 W
conditioning system (e.g room Durable fan Relay / on-off control design Temperature Sensor
fluid dynamics and thermodynamics control
12V halogen lamp as the heat source calibration 20 deg C/V
courses. The HVAC Trainer teaches students climate control) System modeling
Integrated electronic temperature sensor Blower airflow 0.81 m3/min
Incubators Built-in power amplifier Parameter identification
how to design a control system that regulates Chamber inside cross
Aquarium Plug-and-play design facilitates quick and easy lab setup Model validation
temperature in a chamber using the NI ELVIS section area 15.9 cm2
Surge tank Compact and easy to store PI control design
workstation and LabVIEW interface. Bioreactors Protective cover to shield the circuitry
This experiment introduces the student to Magnetic field transducer for Includes more than 10 different types of sensors: Benefits and drawbacks of certain Potentiometer Resolution 2.54 cm
a wide variety of sensors that are commonly throttle, pedal, suspension, and valve Strain gage sensors Mechanical angle range 300 deg Reading frequency 20 Hz
QNET Mechatronic position sensing Piezo film sensor Independent linearity +/- 5 Piezo Film
used today. It teaches how to use these Rotary potentiometer Sensor behavior
Sensors Trainer sensors and demonstrates their advantages
Optical sensor for non-contact
Pressure sensor Calibration Infrared Sensor Location of mass
position sensing and safety used in an Distance measuring range 20 to 150 cm from edge 1.40 cm
Thermistor sensor Using sensors to identify natural
and limitations. One of the most useful assembly line Pressure Sensor Sensitivity at resonance 16.0 V/g
Long range sensors: sonar and infrared frequency of material
topics in an introductory Mechatronics Piezo film sensors to log vibration history Short range sensors: magnetic field and optical Pressure range 0 - 207 kPa Resonant frequency 40.0 Hz
of package Need for debounce in switches
course is the understanding and application Micro switch, push button, and optical switch Sensitivity 0.0193 V/kPa 3dB frequency 20.0 Hz
Various switches and LEDs are used in Two digital output LEDs and buttons
of sensors. Quantization step 3 mV
electronic devices Encoder Understanding how encoders work
Sonar and infrared range sensors Plug-and-play design facilitates quick and easy lab setup Object detection 0 - 6.45 m
often found in robots Compact and easy to store
Protective cover to shield the circuitry Sonar range 0.15 - 6.45 m

The QNET Vertical Take-Off and Landing Helicopters High quality rugged propeller assembly Flight dynamics, (e.g. modeling the Power (at 1.5 A) 5.4 W Fan chamber diameter 6.8 cm
(VTOL) module introduces students to the Rockets Variable-speed fan with safety guard plant) Thrust (at 1.5 A) 32 g Fan chamber height 4.1 cm
QNET VTOL Trainer fundamentals of aerospace engineering, Balloons Identifying parameters experimentally Efficiency (at 1.5 A) 5.93 g/W Counter-weight mass 270 g
High resolution encoder
Harrier jets Model validation Encoder Pitch range of motion
such as basic flight dynamics and control. Fully document system model and parameters
Tiltrotors PID control Lines per revolution 1024 lines (from horizontal) +/- 28 deg
Reliable QNET base and amplifier components
Cascade control Resolution-quadrature 0.0879 deg/count Linear Amplifier
Plug-and-play design facilitates quick and easy
Dealing with actuator dynamics Type TTL Gain 2.3 V/V
lab setup Max output range 24.0 V
Compact and easy to store Helicopter body length 28.4 cm Max current 5A
Protective cover to shield the circuitry Max output power 120 W
The QNET Myoelectric trainer is an Myoelectric prosthetics Electromyograph with opto-isolated electrode and a Analyzing the electromyogram signal Myoelectric Sensor
QNET MYOELECTRIC exciting way to introduce students to Bioinstrumentation grounding strap Signal conditioning (e.g. FFT Analog output +/-5 V
Trainer biomedical engineering. Students can learn Clinical diagnostic tool: identifying Electromyograph runs on two AA batteries and filtering) Servo
neuromuscular diseases Pulse-width controlled metal gear servo Developing task-based servo Operating range 4.8-6.0 V
how to control a servo from the contraction Stall torque 0.294 N.m
Assisted control in aircrafts QNET board includes signal conditioning circuit control from processed
of muscles using the principles of Dimensions 2.9x1.3x3.0 cm
Unvoiced speech recognition and PWM electromyogram
electromyography (EMG). Weight 21.9 g
Can monitor electromyogram signal at different
stages in circuit
Plug-and-play design facilitates quick and easy
lab setup
Compact and easy to store
Protective cover to shield the circuitry

All QNET modules comply with the following international quality standards:

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WITH LABVIEW AND QUANSER TECHNOLOGY implementation. By combining these tools with the LabVIEW
Control Design and Simulation Module, students can take
While the QNET series for NI ELVIS provides a cost-effective solution
advantage of custom algorithm development, analysis and visual-
for teaching introductory control and mechatronics principals, you
ization. Plus you can integrate LabVIEW Real-Time and LabVIEW
can leverage the National Instruments educational platform for
FPGA software and hardware to integrate a single platform for easily
advanced teaching and research. LabVIEW software and a wide
and quickly designing, prototyping, and deploying your systems.
range of National Instruments hardware is fully compatible with
National Instruments multifunction data acquisition and field pro-
Quanser control experiments for intermediate and advanced level
grammable gate array-enabled I/O devices combine analog input,
teaching and research. Quanser experiments cover topics applicable
analog output, digital I/O, and counter/timers on a single device.
to various engineering disciplines such as electrical, mechanical,
With new, innovative analog and digital designs, M Series and X
mechatronics, aerospace and civil. From rotary to linear and to more
Series devices set a new standard for performance, I/O capability,
advanced, Quanser experiments are distinctively modular. This enables
safety, and value. NI R Series multifunction RIO devices offer the
labs to maximize the investment in National Instruments technology
best combination of value and performance by integrating
and cost-effectively employ the same power plant and data acquisition
field-programmable gate array (FPGA) technology with analog and
card to perform experiments of varying complexity.
digital I/O into a single device that is offered on standard PC form
Easy integration with National Instruments hardware provides factors. Please visit for a detailed list of National
many options for prototyping, hardware-in-the-loop tests, and final Instruments cards that are compatible with Quanser experiments.

NI LabVIEW Control Design

and Simulation Module

Quanser AMPAQ

Quanser Active
Suspension NI R Series
Unit Multifunction
RIO Device

Quanser Comprehensive Curriculum

The Active Suspension is an example of a Quanser experiment that is suitable

for intermediate/advanced level teaching. The combination of LabVIEW
software, National Instruments R Series multi-function devices and Quanser
experiment represents a self-contained control workstation. The capabilities
of this powerful yet adaptable bundle are extended further by curriculum,
complete with Instructor and Student Workbooks. The LabVIEW-based
curriculum is developed by engineers for engineers to effectively demon-
strate and teach the mechatronic design approach practiced in industry. This
includes modeling, controller design, simulation and implementation.

See the full range of mechatronic controls experiments for LabVIEW and National Instruments hardware
About Quanser:
With 20 years in control design, Quanser is the world leader in education and research for real-time control design and implementation. We specialize in outfitting
engineering control laboratories to help universities captivate the brightest minds, motivate them to success and produce graduates with industry-relevant skills.
Universities worldwide implement Quansers open architecture control solutions, industry-relevant curriculum and cutting-edge workstations to teach Introductory,
Intermediate or Advanced controls to students in Electrical, Mechanical, Mechatronics, Robotics, Aerospace, Civil, and various other engineering disciplines.
Quanser educational solutions are fully compatible with:

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