Motion controller basics

Part 1 Motion control

This course focusses on motion control of industrial systems with mechanical components, such as servo-systems, drones and wind turbines. The motions of these systems are often effected by vibrations, badly damped eigenmodes and interactions. This complicates motion control design and tuning.

Motion controller basics, selection and tuning

In this first part of the course, you learn how to model the system: how to obtain a linear model that is suitable for control design; how to analyse the system both in the time and in the frequency domain and how to select and tune a motion controller consisting of a PID with filters.

The course consists of a mixture of lectures, demonstrations, exercises and experiments. You will work with realistic simulations and an experimental lab-setup. In this setup a control computer measures and controls the motion. The control computer program can be changed by the attendants.

You can subscribe for the entire series, but also opt for one or more separate modules. Please view the tab ‘modules’ below for more information.

Intended for

Engineers who want to improve and extend their knowledge on motion control, and who wish to learn and understand more on the practical issues in implementing, using and optimizing motion control systems.

At the request of the participants this course can be taught in Dutch or English.

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  • Information
    The program will be taught in English.
  • Program

    Day 1: Modelling

    • Definitions
    • Physical modelling
    • Identification
    • Exercises in obtaining a model
    • Linearisation
    • Laplace transform
    • Frequency analysis

    Day 2+3: Controller selection and tuning

    • The PID control algorithm
    • Filters
    • Tuning the PID and filters
    • Exercises in tuning the PID controller