In this article an educational embedded mechatronic system based on the MATLAB xPC target is presented. xPC target, a tool provided by MATLAB and its Simulink toolbox, offers a practical means for developing a hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation environment. Since ordinary personal computers (PCs) can be used for modeling, analysis, design, monitoring, and control of the process, the setup becomes suitable for rapid-prototyping, research, and educational use. An application example of a double inverted pendulum on a cart that is digitally controlled is presented and discussed. The system is fully implemented by means of two PCs, MATLAB, Simulink, xPC target, a data acquisition card, an AC servomotor, and three optical encoders. It is shown that, through this technology, high sampling frequencies can be obtained by even using a Pentium III PC. Tele monitoring and control through a network are demonstrated.
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Development of a Flexible Educational Mechatronic System Based on xPC Target
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Tahboub, KA, Albakri, MI, & Arafeh, AM. "Development of a Flexible Educational Mechatronic System Based on xPC Target." Proceedings of the ASME 2007 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference. Volume 4: ASME/IEEE International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications and the 19th Reliability, Stress Analysis, and Failure Prevention Conference. Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. September 4–7, 2007. pp. 209-217. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2007-34576
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