The Gyro/Stable Platform module is ideal to introduce rotational dynamics principles. You can use it to demonstrate real-world control challenges such as those encountered in control and guidance of sea vessels, aircraft and submarines or in satellite navigation.
The Gyro/Stable Platform module attaches to the Rotary Servo Base Unit (SRV02). Using this experiment, students learn how to:
In addition to teaching intermediate control concepts, the Gyro/Stable Platform can be used for research in various areas, including H-infinity control and robust control.
How It Works
The Gyro/Stable Platform module is attached to the Rotary Servo Base Unit. The module consists of a rotating disk mounted inside a frame. The disk is actuated about its center through a DC motor. An internal frame holds the rotating disk and is attached to an external frame through two shafts at both ends.
A gear mechanism is connected between one of these end shafts and an encoder measures the angle of the blue frame as it rotates about the shafts, i.e., it measures the disc tilt angle.
The Rotary Servo Base Unit is mounted on a 2-plate structure. The plates are mounted on top of each other and are free to rotate. This allows the gyroscope structure to be manually rotated relative to a fixed surface in order to simulate external disturbance to the gyroscope system.
When the gyroscope controller is running, the Rotary Servo Base Unit keeps its heading as you rotate the bottom plate – without any direct position measurement of the base plate.
The Gyro/Stable Platform module comes with Quanser-developed courseware. The workbook with exercises, together with quick start resources, a comprehensive User Guide, pre-designed controllers and a system 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 Gyro/Stable Platform 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
² NI cRIO-9074, or NI cRIO-9024 with cRIO-9113 or cRIO-9114 chassis
³ NI DAQ device must be supported by Quanser RCP toolkit. Alternatively, you can use Quanser Q2-USB, Q8-USB, or QPIDe