In controls education today, a significant gap exists between the material covered in the typical undergraduate classroom and the skills that students need to be practicing control system engineers. In order to help bridge this gap, a control systems laboratory was developed in the Systems Engineering Department at the United States Naval Academy (USNA) with the following design objectives. The first objective was to provide the students the opportunity to apply control theory to physical systems. The second objective was to develop labs where each student works through the complete control system design process. The third objective was to increase the students’ exposure to sampled-data control. The paper begins with a discussion of the Quanser rapid control prototype development system and laboratory experiments. Modeling and system identification are discussed next. Key areas that areas that are emphasized include the use of a dynamic signal analyzer for frequency domain identification and the identification of Coulomb friction for simulation purposes. A unified approach for root locus and Bode design that is used through out the course is discussed next. Finally, analog and digital controller implementations are discussed.

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