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Incorporating Practical Laboratory Experiments to Reinforce Dynamic Systems and Control Concepts

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Melody L. Baglione

The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, NY

Paper No. IMECE2009-10135, pp. 391-395; 5 pages
  • ASME 2009 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Volume 7: Engineering Education and Professional Development
  • Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA, November 13–19, 2009
  • Conference Sponsors: ASME
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4380-2 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3863-1
  • Copyright © 2009 by ASME


The Cooper Union is developing a new simultaneous lecture and laboratory approach to address the pedagogical challenge of finding the appropriate balance between theory and hands-on experimentation in teaching dynamic systems and control concepts. The new approach dedicates one hour each week to laboratory experiments with the class subdivided into small student groups having greater faculty interaction. Bench top experiments from National Instruments and Quanser include DC motor and inverted pendulum modeling and control workstations. Process control test rigs from Feedback Inc. include level, flow, temperature, and pressure control trainers. Devoting significant time to laboratory experiments gives students the opportunities to fully appreciate feedback control concepts and to acquire valuable practical skills. This paper discusses the new instructional approach, preliminary results, lessons learned, and future plans for improving the systems and control curriculum.

Copyright © 2009 by ASME
Topics: Dynamic systems



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