The Quanser Active Mass Damper (AMD) is a bench-scale model of a tall building instrumented with an accelerometer. It is ideal to study control techniques used to suppress vibrations in tall buildings. The AMD experiment is available in 1 floor or 2 floors configurations. Students learn how to:
In addition to teaching control concepts, the Active Mass Damper can be used for research in various areas, including acceleration feedback and Linear Quadratic Gaussian control.
The AMD structure with 1 or 2 floors can be used as a stand-alone system. You can also use several one-storey AMD structures in series or parallel configuration. Moreover, you can use the AMDs as an add on structure for any of Quanser Shake Tables and create different MIMO experiments.
How It Works
The One Floor Active Mass Damper plant consists of a single-story building-like structure with a controllable linear cart (i.e. active mass) on the top. The cart is driven by a high quality DC motor through a rack and pinion mechanism and is free to move along in the same direction as the structure. The AMD frame is made of steel and is flexible along its facade. The top floor is instrumented with an accelerometer to measure the acceleration of the “roof” relative to the ground.
The cart position is directly measured using an encoder. The encoder shaft meshes with the track via an additional pinion. Two masses can be attached to the cart to increase its inertia to absorb vibrations of the structure. The masses can be used individually, together or can be removed to assess the robustness of the controller and effects of variations in parameters.
In the Two Floors AMD configuration, the plant consists of a two-storey building-like structure with a controllable linear cart (i.e. active mass) on the top. Both floors are instrumented with accelerometers measuring the acceleration of the middle and top floors relative to ground.
The AMD 1 and 2 floors experiments come with Quanser-developed courseware. The workbook with practical exercises, together a comprehensive User Manual, pre-designed controllers and a dynamic model allow you to get your lab running faster, saving months of time typically required to develop lab materials.
Topics included in the Quanser-developed courseware:
To set up your Active Mass Damper workstation, you need additional components. Quanser engineers recommend:
¹ alternatively, you can use Q8-USB, QPIDe, or any equivalent NI DAQ device supported by QUARC