The Development of Advanced Control Laboratories

Matthew Randall Winter, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology

I would like to express my appreciation to my advisor Dr. Bradley T. Burchett. Thank you for providing the opportunity to help advance controls education at Rose-Hulman. I would also like to thank Brianna Roux for her help with manipulating Microsoft Word.


In this thesis, a series of advanced control labs have been developed for use in the senior/graduate-level advanced controls course. Advanced controls laboratories are non-existent at many institutions, and since hands on laboratories are such an integral part of engineering education it was decided to develop a few. The goal of these laboratories is to reinforce some of the more advanced topics in control theory. Topics of the laboratories include Parameter Identification, Eigenstructure Assignment, Linear Optimal Regulators and Linear Quadratic Gaussian Control with Loop Transfer Recovery. These laboratories are carried out on the Educational Control Products Model 210 Rectilinear Control System with the disturbance motor add on using MATLAB/Simulink Real Time Workshop with Real Time Windows Target.