Controls Lab

Location: 20-112
Coordinator: Dr. Art MacCarley
Facilities: EE 301/341 , EE 302/342, EE 432/472
Size: 1030
Average Number of Students a Year: 410
Utilization Ratio: 0.4

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This laboratory serves our basic lecture courses in systems and controls, introducing students to a variety of concepts in signal analysis, servocontrol, open and closed loop system analysis, compensator design, and state variable feedback. Digital control system analysis and design are also taught, with an emphasis on linear discrete-time systems, robotics, electromechanical systems, and advanced nonlinear discrete-time controls. Many senior projects and special projects are also supported in this facility.


The primary test apparatus in this facility is the Motomatic Control Systems Laboratory (MCSL), which has been extensively modified to accommodate additional experimental configurations.  For the Microprocessor Controls laboratory course EE/CPE 432, the MCSL control console is replaced by a microprocessor control system, including two analog inputs, two analog outputs, and a digital shaft encoder.  This fully integrated environment for electromechanical system analysis and design is constantly being improved and developed by faculty and staff.

Current Equipment

Each instructional lab station is equipped with:


(1)   Computer                                         Dell Optiplex 760, Intel Core Duo 3 GHZ, 4 GB,                                                                          RAM, 2TB HD

(1)   Function Generator                          Hewlett Packard 3314A, Rigol 60 MHz

(1)   Dynamic Signal Analyzer                Hewlett Packard 35665A

(1)   Oscilloscope                                     Hewlett Packard 54603B 60 MHz 2ch GPIB, Keysight Mixed signal oscilloscope (200 MHz)

(1)   Motomatic Control Console            Electro-Craft MCSL100

(1)   Multimeter/Power Supply                Agilent U3606A 30V/1A 8V/3A, Rigol PS

(1)   Permanent Magnet Servo Motor      Electro-Craft




Additional equipment available in the laboratory:

 (1)  Computer                                         Dell Optiplex 760

(1)   Printer                                              Hewlett Packard LaserJet 600 M601

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