On Demand Webinars

New Quanser products for Robotic Systems and Power Management

Jun 29 2017

Quanser, in partnership with National Instruments, recently introduced two new QNET application topboards covering two of the most important topics in Mechatronics and ECE: Robotic systems and power management. Designed for the popular NI ELVIS II platform featuring the RIO Control Module these new applications offersthe most efficient and effective way to implement a comprehensive, modern hands-on lab strategy to your courses. This Webinar provides an engaging introduction including demonstrations of these groundbreaking products. 

The QNET Robotic Systems board provides the most cost-effective way to let students learn “deep” robotics – true research and industry-relevant applications such as machine vision, kinematics, path planning, manipulator control, forward and inverse kinematics, pattern recognition and more. Unlike hobby-robot oriented labs, the QNET approach offers the rigor and depth needed to truly learn the necessary skills for the most ambitious modern applications. 

The QNET Energy Conversion board introduces the essential concepts and techniques in the generation, conversion, and distribution of electrical energy. In essence it represents any type of electrical power plant including traditional sources or sustainable sources. Students will learn through actual hardware experiments key system-level concepts such as switched mode power supply, power conversion and rectification, 3-phase power, and power system integration. Modern applications such as smart grid experiments are also within scope of this board. 

Speakers 

Dr. Thomas Lee, Chief Education Officer, Quanser 
Adjunct Professor, Systems Design Engineering, University of Waterloo 
Dr. Lee will provide an overview of the innovative pedagogy and far-reaching potential of the QNET approach. 

Simon Whitmell, MASc, Solutions Engineer, Quanser 
Simon will introduce and demonstration the key functionality as well as important applications of the boards. 

Transformational Teaching Labs - Putting Your Best Academic Foot Forward

Oct 13 2016

Modern, progressive, experiential lab facilities are becoming signature elements of today’s leading institutions. We’ve all seen the buildings. Architectural wonders of glass and steel celebrating the modern spirit of engineering, teamwork, and learning. This sponsored Webinar answers the question “What should we put inside these fancy buildings?”

For the past few years, Quanser has been actively developing commercial platforms to offer a more comprehensive approach to the hands-on dimensions of today’s undergraduate curriculum. Principal themes include interdisciplinary applications, system level challenges, and rigorous analysis harmonized with design concepts.

For example, a new lab platform offers a system and application level approach to analog circuit design allowing students to explore real world applications as opposed to single op amp breadboarded circuits. Another new experiment illuminates the complexities of power management in an undergrad-accessible form factor.

Ultimately the goal is to reduce the institution’s effort to increase the application complexity of the systems that students work with within the severe time and resource constraints that they face. This promises to establish a lab sequence that ties together more courses and levels, and more modern methodologies and technologies. Finally, these labs have the potential to bring the engagement and dynamic experiences that are synonymous with design projects and competition teams to a rejuvenated core lab sequence.

The Webinar will offer an overview of the technologies and the pedagogy framing the lab platforms. Applications and themes include mechatronics, electronics, first year engineering, capstone projects, and graduate courses – all within a common persistent lab framework. Recent case studies from prominent universities around the world will be presented.

 

Attend this webinar to:

  • Learn new trends in undergraduate lab concepts
  • Gain insight from other institutions' initiatives in retooling their labs to introduce modern engineering concepts such as interdisciplinary engineering, system thinking, and complexity
  • Practical information on the latest tools and platforms for delivering effective labs
     

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Boost Systems Engineering Teaching Thanks to the Virtual Twin

Jun 17 2016

Dassault Systemes’ brand new 3DEXPERIENCE Platform meets Quanser’s brand new AERO device. The two companies have worked together to produce a unique cyber-physical learning experience for all systems engineering, mechatronics, control, mechanical and industrial engineering programs.

Fully documented and ready to deploy, this experience will be unveiled by the team that developed it in a 40 minutes webinar.
The combination of the AERO lab experiment with its virtual twin on the 3DEXPERIENCE Platform opens endless experiential learning opportunities.

  • Predict the behavior of the real device with its virtual twin
  • Anticipate the impact of multiple parameters’ variations to simulate defaults, failures, and contextual disturbances
  • Correlate and confirm virtual findings at any time with the real device
  • Implement model-based instrumentation on the virtual twin to monitor the real device
  • Extend flip learning practices to the lab experience

Booster l’apprentissage de l’ingénierie système grâce au jumeau virtuel

Jun 08 2016

La nouvelle plate-forme 3DEXPERIENCE de Dassault Systèmes s’allie au nouveau système technologique de Quanser. Les deux entreprises ont collaboré afin de produire une expérience d’apprentissage cyber-physique unique en son genre pour tous les programmes d’enseignement d’ingénierie système, de mécatronique, de contrôle, de mécanique et d’ingénierie industrielle.

Entièrement documentée et prête à être déployée, cette expérience vous sera dévoilée par son équipe de développeurs dans les 40 minutes de ce webinar.

La combinaison entre le dispositif Quanser AERO et son jumeau virtuel via la plate-forme 3DEXPERIENCE ouvre de multiples possibilités d’apprentissage par l’expérience :

  • Prédire le comportement du mécanisme réel grâce à son jumeau virtuel
  • Anticiper l’impact des variations de plusieurs paramètres pour simuler des défauts, des anomalies, des perturbations contextuelles
  • Corréler et confirmer les résultats obtenus virtuellement à tout moment avec le dispositif réel.
  • Instrumentaliser le jumeau virtuel pour monitorer le dispositif réel
  • Étendre les pratiques d’apprentissage grâce au TP inversé

Introduccion a Sistemas de Control con QUBE-Servo 2

Apr 20 2016

El QUBE-Servo 2 de Quanser ofrece mayores ventajas que el primer QUBE™-Servo con la adición de nuevas funciones de interfaz como son: sensores adicionales y LEDs, Al igual que su predecesor, el QUBE-Servo 2 es un experimento asequible, totalmente integrado y diseñado para fines de enseñanza de Sistemas de Control permitiendo a los estudiantes aprender conceptos pertinentes al mundo real. Al mismo tiempo, el QUBE servo provee a los profesores de un laboratorio moderno apto para estudiante de ingeniera de múltiples disciplinas: 

En este seminario web usted tendrá la oportunidad de explorar los siguientes temas: 

  • Utilización del QUBE-Servo en laboratorios de Sistemas de Control 
  • Introducción a los paneles de interface con la tecnología QFLEX 2. Actualmente contamos con los módulos: "USB " y el nuevo "embedded ", desarrollado para facilitar el desarrollo de aplicaciones con microcontroladores.
  • Aprenderá como usar el QUBE-Servo 2 USB con Matlab/Simulink y el software QUARC de Quanser para prototipado rápido. 
  • Demostraremos como utilizar en sus aplicaciones los nuevos sensores de corriente y velocidad al igual que el sistema de LEDs (Diodos Emisores de Luz) programable por el usuario. 
  • Correremos un ejemplo utilizando una tarjeta Arduino y el QUBE-Servo 2 con interface embedded. 
  • Daremos una visión general del Material didáctico suministrado junto con el mapa de libros de texto, recursos que pueden ayudar a integrar el material didáctico del QUBE-Servo 2 en su propio curso. 

View recording here.

Teaching Controls & Mechatronics with the QUBE-Servo 2

Mar 02 2016

Quanser has updated its QUBE-Servo for 2016. As with its predecessor, the QUBE Servo 2 is an affordable, fully-integrated rotary servo experiment designed for teaching students control concepts relevant to real world applications. In addition, the QUBE-Servo 2 has new interfacing capabilities, additional sensors, and an LED. Join us for this introductory webinar where we will: 

  • Demonstrate the QUBE-Servo 2 with inertia disk and pendulum modules using QUARC for MATLAB/Simulink 
  • Introduce the new QFLEX 2 interface panels for both USB and embedded applications 
  • Explore the newly added current and speed sensors as well as the user-programmable LED 
  • Run an example controller using an Arduino microprocessor board on the QUBE Servo 2 Embedded option 
  • Overview of the courseware supplied and textbook map that can help you seamlessly integrate the QUBE-Servo 2 courseware into your own course 

View recording here.

Completa Solución Mecatrónica y Aeroespacial con Quanser Aero

Feb 17 2016

Los ingenieros Mecatrónicos y Aeroespaciales necesitan una amplia gama de habilidades en ingeniería. Conocimiento y aplicación práctica en diferentes áreas tales como sistemas de control, modelado de sistemas dinámicos, Identificación de sistemas y diseño mecánico. 

Es este webinar, los Ingenieros de Quanser van a demostrar porque Quanser Aero Quanser Aero es una gran plataforma para aprender y realizar investigación en estas áreas. 

Trataremos los siguientes temas: 

  • Actuadores y sensores del Quanser AERO, por ejemplo su IMU. 
  • Documentación y Experimentos ofrecidos 
  • Áreas de enseñanza e Investigacion 
  • Diferentes configuraciones y sistemas de vuelo: 
    • Configuración de Un Grado de Libertad, VTOL utilizando control PD 
    • Configuración como helicóptero de 2 grados de libertad utilizando control PID y control basado en realimentación de estados sobre los ejes de "Pitch" y "Yaw". 
    • Configuración "Half-Quadrotor" 
  • Otros experimentos que pueden ser realizados 
  • Todos los experimentos se realizaran utilizando el software QUARC de Quanser para prototipado rápido de sistemas de control utilizando Matlab/Simulink. 

Complete Aerospace and Mechatronics Solution with the Quanser Aero

Feb 10 2016

Aerospace and mechatronic engineers need a broad range of engineering skills, including knowledge and practical application in areas such as control systems, dynamics modeling, system identification, and mechanical design. Quanser's latest release, the Quanser Aero is a fully integrated lab experiment, designed for teaching mechatronics and control concepts at the undergraduate level, as well as for advanced aerospace research applications. Join us for this introductory webinar where you will: 

Learn about the Quanser Aero and view features such as: 

  • Sensors (e.g. IMU) and actuators 
  • Different flight system configurations 
  • QFLEX 2 interface 
  • Documentation and controllers supplied 
  • Teaching and research areas 

View live demonstrations of the Quanser Aero configured for 

  • 1 DOF VTOL 
  • 2 DOF Helicopter 
  • Half-Quadrotor Configuration 
  • Experiments will be demonstrated with QUARC for MATLAB/Simulink® 

View recording here.

Paquete de Robótica Quanser Para Enseñanza

Sep 24 2015

A medida que la tecnología progresa, la importancia de la robótica ha crecido en varios campos tales como manufactura, rehabilitación, cirugía robótica, y robótica de consumo. 
Nuestra misión es motivar y entusiasmar a los estudiantes a cerca de la tecnología robótica. Lo estamos haciendo mediante el “Quanser Package for Education” basado en el brazo robótico MICO de cuatro grados de libertad desarrollado por Kinova. Esta es una plataforma adecuada para la enseñanza de los fundamentos de robótica tales como cinemática directa e Inversa, Jacobiano y planeamiento de trayectorias. 

En este webinar, demostraremos como Quanser Package for Education es ideal para la enseñanza y usted tendrá la oportunidad de ver: 

•    Descripción general del brazo robótico y sus especificaciones. 
•    Robot virtual para simulaciones 
•    Sensores del robot (torque, posición, corriente y temperatura) 
•    Tópicos curriculares

View recording here.

La próxima generación de robótica móvil para la Enseñanza e Investigación

Jun 23 2015

Las recientes innovaciones en el campo de la robótica móvil y vehículos no tripulados han provocado un creciente interés en la investigación de la robótica móvil. Para hacer frente a los desafíos inherentes a este campo, las universidades están creando cada vez más cursos e incluso programas de educación en robótica móvil. 

Quanser ha reaccionado a esta tendencia mediante la creación de una nueva y mejorada versión de nuestra exitosa plataforma Qbot. En este webinar, ingenieros Quanser demostrarán cómo el Qbot 2 es ideal para la enseñanza y la investigación , incluyendo: 
• Una visión general de los sensores y actuadores incluidos en la plataforma 
• Movimientos básicos 
• El sensor Kinect para mapas y navegación 
• Los temas curriculares incluidos en la plataforma, tales como planeación de ruta, mapeo y navegación, y procesamiento de imágenes 
• Ampliación de la plataforma para desafíos personalizados y objetivos de investigación

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The Next Generation of Mobile Robotics for Teaching and Research

Feb 18 2015

Recent innovations in the field of mobile robotics and unmanned vehicles have sparked a heightened interest in mobile robotics research. In order to address the challenges inherent in the field, universities are increasingly creating courses and even programs focused on mobile robotics education. Quanser has reacted to this trend by creating a new and improved version of our successful QBot platform. In this webinar, Quanser engineers will demonstrate how the QBot 2 is ideally suited for teaching and research including: 

  • An overview of the sensors and actuators included in the platform 
  • Basic motion and performance 
  • The Kinect sensor for mapping and navigation 
  • The curriculum topics included such as path planning, mapping and navigation, and image processing 
  • Expanding the platform for custom challenges and research objectives 

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Nuevos recursos para la Enseñanza de Sistemas de control Utilizando QUBE-Servo

Dec 11 2014

El Quanser QUBE ™ -Servo es un experimento de servo rotativo totalmente integrado, diseñado para enseñar los conceptos de Teoría de Control pertinentes al mundo real. Construido con la misma calidad y precisión que ha hecho famosos los productos de Quanser, el QUBE-Servo ofrece a los instructores un juego completo de experimentos de laboratorios de control que atraen e involucran estudiantes de cualquier disciplina de ingeniería. 
Esta plataforma de enseñanza completa , abierta, independiente y modular cubre una amplia gama de temas de control desde los aspectos básicos de modelado, control PID, hasta análisis avanzado en el dominio de la frecuencia. Más allá de la teoría de control tradicional, también hemos desarrollado ejemplos altamente motivacionales de aplicaciones utilizando servo control. 

En este seminario usted podrá: 
• Explorar el QUBE-Servo y sus módulos: disco de inercia y péndulo los cuales son my fáciles de instalar. Igualmente podrá ver la las diferentes opciones de conectividad tales como NI myRIO, USB-Servo y panel de Entrada / Salida directa. 
• Mostraremos como utilizar el QUBE-Servo con MATLAB / Simulink o LabVIEW y el software de prototipado rápido para sistemas de control Quanser QUARC o RCP Toolkit. 
• Recorra el material didáctico y el mapa de libros de texto en los cuales se basan los laboratorios suministrados que pueden ayudarle a integrar a la perfección el QUBE-Servo en su plan de estudios.

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Advanced Servo Control Experiments with the Quanser Industrial Mechatronics Drive Unit (IMDU)

Nov 20 2014

Advanced servo control experiments involving multiple drives and coupling have extensive industrial relevance. The Quanser Industrial Mechatronics Drive Unit (IMDU) has long been a platform to investigate these challenges. Using its multiple drives, belts, and loads, one can easily configure different MIMO type experiments and look into advanced control algorithms. In this webinar, we'll show how the Quanser IMDU system can be used for emulate brake slippage. The effect on wheel slip when anti-lock brakes are used and not used will be demonstrated. Here are some of the topics we will cover in this webinar:

  • Solution overview - IMDU Base Unit hardware, external data acquisition device, and PC software. 
  • Outlining the various components supplied with the IMDU Base Unit that enables many different configurations: 
    • Belts, gear heads, inertial loads (with variable mass) 
    • Brake Drum and Friction Unit 
    • Backlash Unit 
  • IMDU add-on experimental modules (each sold separately): 
    • Torsion Module 
    • Web Winding Module
  • Overview of standard servo control labs that can be performed (e.g. position/speed control, disturbance rejection)
  • Anti-Lock Brake demonstration using custom wheel and vehicle disk attachments. Controller implemented using Quanser's QUARC Rapid Control Prototyping software through MATLAB/Simulink. This demo also integrates the Quanser Driving Simulator (QDS).

View recording here.

Process Control with the Quanser Coupled Tanks

Nov 04 2014

Process control is a large field used in industries such as oil and gas, food and beverage, pharmaceutical, water treatment, and power. Process control often involves the level control of fluids in tanks using valves, pumps, and so on. In this webinar, we'll show how the Quanser Coupled Tanks system can be used for process control experiments for your undergraduate or graduate laboratory. This webinar will introduce you to:

•  Solution overview - Coupled Tanks hardware, peripherals, and PC software options.
•  Highlighting the different configurations:
     o  Single tank SISO system
     o  Dual tank state-coupled SISO system
     o  Dual tank state-coupled and input-coupled SISO system
     o  Quad-tank unstable system (**requires two Coupled Tank systems)
•  Running some of the experiments through the Quanser's QUARC Rapid Control Prototyping software

View recording here.

Simulación y Análisis de Sismos con la Mesa Vibratoria Quanser Shake Table II

Oct 08 2014

Análisis estructural y dinámica de estructuras son tópicos de gran importancia en múltiples currículos de ingeniería tanto a nivel de pregrado como de post-grado. Tener experiencia práctica con experimentos tales como mesas vibratorias y estructuras inteligentes parecen ser muy efectivos al enseñar estos tópicos. De esta manera se ofrece al estudiantes una valiosa extensión de cursos que son altamente teóricos. Al ser precisas, robustas y flexibles, las mesas vibratorias de Quanser también cumplen con las necesidades de investigadores dada su confiabilidad, bajo mantenimiento y relación costo-beneficio.

Participe en este seminario  web y vea en funcionamiento la mesa vibratoria más popular de Quanser, la "Shake Table II." Desarrollada en cooperación con el "University Consortium on Instructional Shake Tables (UCIST), esta mesa vibratoria es ampliamente utilizada en facultades de ingeniería a nivel mundial. Este seminario le presenta a ud:

  • Descripción general - Hardware de la mesa vibratoria, periféricos y software
  • Configuración de experimentos usando la mesa vibratoria
  • Ejecución de experimentos utilizando el software QUARC de Quanser para prototipado rápido 
  • Simulación de sismos usando archivos tomados de la base de datos PEER Strong Motion
  • Amortiguador de masa activa (AMD-1)
  • Transformada rápida de Fourier (FFT) sobre datos de aceleración adquiridos
  • Otras mesas vibratorias de Quanser. Mesa vibratoria I - 40 y mesa XY (Shake Table III)

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Robots, 3D Printers, and Other Fun Things That Are Keeping Us Up at Night

Sep 30 2014

Robotics and rapid prototyping via 3D printers are now appearing in the basements of hobbyists and students and universities are scrambling to integrate this excitement with the analytical framework of traditional curricula. This Webinar presents comprehensive case studies on ways to capture the excitement but retain the rigor and depth.

  

Why Attend?

  • Learn about how new lab techniques are directly addressing complex engineering design concepts harmonized with rigorous theory
  • Learn how to make the most of emerging engineering technology such as 3D printing and robotics 
  • Learn how other institutions are modernizing the control curriculum in response to emerging applied fields such as mechatronics

View recording here.

Innovate Controls Education with the Quanser QUBE-Servo and NI myRIO

Sep 25 2014

The Quanser QUBE-Servo is a low-cost, fully integrated teaching platform ideal for introducing students to basic and advanced control concepts. Quanser has developed a comprehensive collection of modular, open and independent that cover a wide range of control topics from the basics of modeling and PID control through to advanced frequency domain analysis and digital control. Moving beyond traditional control theory, we have also developed a wide range of highly motivational examples of real-world applications of servo control. These range from immersive 3D automotive control challenges, through to design and mechatronic integration demonstrations. The potent combination of LabVIEW with the Quanser RCP Toolkit, along with the NI myRIO platform and QUBE-Servo offers endless potential to expand and innovate the way in which you teach control. This webinar will introduce some examples including:

  • Accessing and modifying the QUBE-Servo curriculum
  • Leveraging the potential of LabVIEW and the Quanser RCP Toolkit
  • Motivating students through real-world examples of servo control in the automotive industry
  • Adding third party devices to the control loop including webcams and Microsoft Kinect
  • Creating custom hardware for the QUBE-Servo using 3D printing technology

View recording here.

Haptic-Teleoperation with Quanser’s Open-Architecture High Definition Haptic Device

Sep 16 2014

A tele-manipulation system provides telepresence by allowing a user to remotely control a slave robot through a master device. While these systems offer great potential, connecting master/slave stations is not a trivial task. Quanser’s open architecture technology provides a modular open framework for easy setup of tele-manipulation systems. With this framework different manipulators can be controlled with various input devices including haptic controllers for bilateral applications. This flexibility is ideal for both graduate laboratory and research experimental setup where new or existing robotic devices can be integrated rapidly and seamlessly.

This webinar will introduce you to:

  • The High Definition Haptic device, HD²
  • Open architecture solutions for MATLAB/Simulink, LabVIEW , and C/C++ API
  • Bilateral teleoperation application examples with a Denso robotic arm

View recording here.

Einführung in die Quanser Rapid Control Prototyping Software QUARC für Matlab/Simulink

Sep 11 2014

Wir möchten Ihnen in diesem Webinar zeigen, wie Sie die Rapid Control Prototyping Software QUARC nutzen können und Echtzeit Versuche mit Matlab/Simulink durchzuführen. Die folgenden Themen werden mithilfe des Quanser Servo Rotary Base Unit (SRV02), einem Gleichstrommotorexperiment, besprochen: 

- Wie funktioniert die Kommunikation mit meiner Hardware von Matlab/Simulink? 
- Wie kann ich einen einfachen PID-Regler testen? 
- Wie kann ich die Stabilität meines Regelkreises untersuchen? 
- Wie kann ich einen theoretischen LQR Regler und dessen praktischen Nutzen mit Hardware testen?

View recording here.

From classic control to complex mechatronic system design: Revitalizing the undergraduate control systems lab experience

Jun 10 2014

Traditional control systems courses are based on the mathematical and signal science framework developed in the mid twentieth century. The standard undergraduate course is based largely on characterizing and analyzing system dynamics through differential equations and Laplace transform-based transfer functions. Modern control systems are complex combination of such models and analysis, and system-level considerations from computer control. Often we call such computer control techniques mechatronics and at most institutions, mechatronic design focuses on the embedded programming aspect disassociated from system dynamics. This webinar presents some novel initiatives of Quanser, in collaboration with leading universities, to unify conventional, classic control with systems-oriented mechatronic design. Examples and case studies will be presented.

Watch the recorded webinar.

State-Space Control Design with the Quanser Active Suspension

May 06 2014

The Quanser Active Suspension experiment mimics the behavior of a single car tire, and thus can be seen as a quarter-car model. With it's bench-scale design, it is ideally suited to help students understand state-space control design principles. In this webinar our engineers will demonstrate how to design a LQR state feedback controller and implement it on the actual Active Suspension system to observe what effect the design parameters have on the overall system performance. Furthermore, the design of a full-order state observer will be discussed to recover two unmeasured system states.

Watch the recorded webinar.

Enhancing Controls Education with the QUBE-Servo

Apr 16 2014

Getting started with the QUBE™-Servo

The Quanser QUBE™-Servo is an affordable, fully-integrated rotary servo experiment designed for teaching students control concepts relevant to real world. Built with the same quality and precision that Quanser is renowned for, the QUBE-Servo provides instructors with a state of the art controls lab that will engage students in any engineering discipline. 

In this webinar you will:

  • Explore the QUBE-Servo and its easy-to-attach inertia disk and pendulum modules, as well as USB, direct I/O and the new NI myRIO connectivity options
  • Learn how to use the QUBE-Servo with MATLAB/Simulink or LabVIEW, and Quanser rapid control prototyping software QUARC or RCP Toolkit
  • Tour the flexible digital media-based courseware and textbook map that can help you seamlessly integrate the QUBE-Servo into your curriculum

Watch the recorded webinar.

From Classic Control to Complex Mechatronic Design: A Focus on the "System" in "Control System"

Apr 09 2014

Traditional control systems courses are based on the mathematical and signal science framework developed in the mid twentieth century. The standard undergraduate course is based largely on characterizing and analyzing system dynamics through differential equations and Laplace transform-based transfer functions.

Modern control systems are complex combination of such models and analysis, and system-level considerations from computer control. Often we call such computer control techniques mechatronics and at most institutions, mechatronic design focuses on the embedded programming aspect disassociated from system dynamics. This webinar presents some novel initiatives at Dr. Lee's company Quanser, in collaboration with leading universities, to unify conventional, classic control with systems-oriented mechatronic design. Examples and case studies will be presented.

Hosted by the Indo US Collaboration for Engineering Education (IUCEE) as a part of its Virtual Academy series.

Click here for the recorded webinar.

Earthquake Simulation and Analysis with the Quanser Shake Table II

Mar 19 2014

The structural dynamics and analysis topics are an important part of the engineering undergraduate and graduate curriculum in various engineering disciplines. Hands-on experiments, such as Quanser shake tables and smart structures seem to be particularly effective for teaching these topics, offering students a valuable extension of highly theoretical courses. Precise, robust, and flexible, they also meet the needs of researchers for reliable, low maintenance and cost-effective devices.

Join the webinar and learn from Quanser engineers about the most popular of the shake tables product line, the Shake Table II, developed in cooperation with the University Consortium on Instructional Shake Tables (UCIST). The webinar will introduce you to:

  • Solution overview - Shake Table II hardware, peripherals, and PC software options
  • Running the experiments using the Shake Table II Software
  • Running the experiments through the Quanser's QUARC Rapid Control Prototyping software
  • Simulating earthquakes using the PEER Strong Motion Database data
  • One-Floor Active Mass Damper (AMD-1)
  • Fast Fourier Transform (FFT) of the structure acceleration data
  • Other shake table offerings: Shake Table I - 40 and the XY Shake Table III

Click here for the recorded webinar.

The Modern Undergraduate Lab: Global Trends and Case Studies

Mar 19 2014

Hands-on undergraduate labs have been a key part of the engineering curriculum for decades. Recently, institutions have been evaluating the effectiveness of the traditional lab syllabus in the face of modern engineering challenges. Today, engineers wrestle with complex multi-domain systems, system-level design, and sophisticated computer-controlled techniques to achieve greater performance, precision, and business success in their designs.

This webinar explores the core dimensions of the modern education challenge in transforming the aging lab to one that is more effective, and directly relevant to emerging industry needs. Dr. Lee will draw upon case studies from his company Quanser as well as innovative initiatives at various North American universities.

The webinar was hosted by the Indo US Collaboration for Engineering Education (IUCEE) as a part of its Virtual Academy series.

The recorded webinar is available on YouTube.

Getting Started with Rapid Control Prototyping Toolkit for LabVIEW

Feb 27 2014

Quanser's Rapid Control Prototyping (RCP) Toolkit software add-on for LabVIEW™ is a powerful control design tool which spans the spectrum of design from simulation to control implementation.

In this webinar, Quanser engineers will help you get started with RCP Toolkit in your lab. Using the Quanser Rotary Servo Base Unit (SRV02), they will demonstrate how using RCP Toolkit and LabVIEW, you can easily:

  • Interface with hardware to obtain readings
  • Build a simple PD-based controller to control the position of the servo load shaft
  • Perform stability analysis and LQR design
  • Validate the system performance in simulation and implement a balance controller on the actual system

To watch the webinar, visit our Tutorials page.

Getting Started with QUARC® Rapid Control Prototyping Software

Jan 28 2014

Quanser's QUARC® is a real-time control software seamlessly integrating with MATLAB®/Simulink® for rapid controls prototyping and hardware-in-the-loop testing. Its features and flexibility makes it an ideal tool for teaching and advanced research in controls, robotics, mechatronics, haptics, aerospace engineering, unmanned systems and other engineering fields.

In this webinar, Quanser engineers will help you get strated with QUARC in your lab. Using the Quanser Rotary Servo Base Unit (SRV02), they will demonstrate how using QUARC, you can easily:

  • Interface with hardware to obtain readings
  • Build a simple PD-based controller to control the position of the servo load shaft
  • Perform stability analysis and LQR design
  • Validate the system performance in simulation and implement a balance controller on the actual system

View Recording here.

Making Sense out of the "Flipped" Campus with New Approaches to Hands-on Labs

Nov 12 2013

The so-called "flipped" campus prescribes that mechanical details of engineering concepts be learned independently while classroom experience be focused on application of core concepts.

This webinar presents the case that modern interpretations of traditional undergraduate labs offer a great opportunity for schools to efficiently flip their classrooms and trigger improvements in education and research. Dr. Tom Lee, Quanser Chief Education Officer, discusses new techniques emerging from institutions and industry that is enriching the modern concept of the lab and additionally, makes these labs of the near future, a vibrant dimension of the flipped campus.

View Recording here.

Creating Engaging and Effective Learning Experiences for Students in Controls Education

Nov 01 2013

Traditional controls education often emphasizes abstract theory without practical implementation, which can leave students disengaged with the material and unprepared to solve real-world control problems. Hands-on experience with the entire control design process prepares students for engineering careers while reinforcing theoretical concepts. See how NI LabVIEW software seamlessly integrates with NI reconfigurable I/O real-time hardware and Quanser control plants to create a turnkey, hands-on controls education platform built to engage students by putting theory into practice.

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Bridging From Controls Courses to Final-Year Design

Nov 01 2013

Discover how Purdue University is implementing a hands-on experience in a control systems course to help students progress from design to prototyping in just one semester. With the skills they gain designing control algorithms on real-time controllers and programming them to an FPGA, students can translate controls theory into real-world projects during the senior capstone course. The webinar is presented by Dr. Galen King, Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Purdue University.

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