Even when faced with the global parts shortage, the Quanser team was able to quickly deliver a core collection of QUBE-Servo 2 units for the labs. Using the positive feedback received from students, Prof. Tekes was able to secure additional funding and expand the lab to take advantage of an additional set of QUBE-Servo 2s.
The professor leveraged many of the existing labs supplied with the QUBE-Servo 2 to address the topics in the control theory course. She also created new labs, such as PID control design using root locus as shown below.
This highlights how you can leverage MATLAB and Simulink toolboxes to do your control design. In another lab, Prof. Tekes had the students design the PID control using the classic Ziegler Nichols method.
The QUBE-Servo 2, like most Quanser systems, is open-architecture. Meaning that it’s easy for you to design your own labs – either by modifying the existing ones supplied or creating your own from scratch.
How did the labs turn out? Here are some student testimonials:
- I really love all the control labs with Quanser since I can finally see how these applications work in real life. Seeing is better than reading through a textbook.
- Allow more labs that have variables that the student solves for, similar to Quanser. Those were the most enjoyable.
- Working with Quanser Servo gave me good insight and knowledge of controller design.
- My favorite lab was Quanser with PID controller tuning.
It sounds like students enjoyed the experience and found the labs very beneficial.
Quanser always feels inspired with professors like Ayse Tekes that are dedicated to teaching our young engineers. The challenges faced by Kennesaw State University are common. The QUBE-Servo 2 was originally designed to give most “bang for your buck”. It is simply the most cost-effective quality servo system designed for teach modeling and control systems. We are happy to see this fit the needs of the course and look forward to working with Prof. Ayse in the future.