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Theory, simulation, experimentation: an integrated approach to teaching digital control systems

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2 Author(s)
Klee, H. ; Dept. of Comput. Eng., Central Florida Univ., Orlando, FL, USA ; Dumas, J.

This paper discusses the approach adopted by the authors for teaching an undergraduate course (lecture and laboratory) in digital controls. Theoretical material is developed in the lecture concerning the application of direct digital control (DDC) to an analog bench-scale system consisting of a DC motor and tachometer. A simulation of the closed-loop control system with embedded digital controller is developed and run by the students using the TUTSIM dynamic simulation language. Finally, students perform a laboratory experiment in which they write a program to control the actual system using a personal computer and inexpensive interface card. The combination of hands-on experience and computer simulation with the more traditional, theoretical lecture material provides a well-rounded learning experience that better prepares the students to implement digital control systems in the real world

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Education, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:37 ,  Issue: 1 )