The QNET 2.0 Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) Board is ideally suited to teach and demonstrate the fundamentals of flight dynamics and vertical take-off and landing flight control. Developed exclusively for NI ELVIS platform and LabVIEW™ software, the system can easily be configured to control the flight of the trainer using a variety of control methods. Students learn how to:
Aerospace devices are typically more difficult to model, therefore software system identification tools are used to determine parameters or actual dynamics. Also, due to their inherent complexity, flight systems are usually broken down into different subsystems to make it more manageable. These subsystems can be dealt with individually and then integrated to provide an overall solution.
The QNET 2.0 VTOL Board provides an integrated amplifier and a communication interface with the NI ELVIS II(+), interfaced to a PC or laptop via USB link.
The QNET 2.0 VTOL Board consists of a high air flow DC fan with a safety guard, attached to a solid aluminum arm. An adjustable counterweight is attached on the other end of the arm. This allows the position of the weight to be changed, which in turn affects the dynamics of the system. The arm assembly pivots about a single-ended optical encoder shaft. The encoder measures the angular position of the arm, i.e. the VTOL pitch position.
The QNET 2.0 VTOL Board is fitted with a variety of safety measures to ensure proper system configuration. Status LEDs provide feedback to users.
The QNET 2.0 VTOL Board comes with comprehensive digital resources developed by Quanser to enhance teaching controls, saving professors’ time while helping students quickly grasp the capabilities of the board, relate the studied control concepts to applications in real world and understand the exercises performed in lab. The resources include:
Topics covered in the Quanser-developed courseware:
To set up your QNET 2.0 VTOL Board, you need NI ELVIS II(+) Modular Engineering Education Laboratory Platform.