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# ELC 4332/5

Lab Hardware

## Introduction to Lab Hardware

Material taken from: Quanser DC Motor Control Trainer USB QICii Laboratory
Workbook.

Objective
This exercise will introduce you to the Quanser DC Motor Control Trainer (DCMCT)
and the QICii software used to control it.

Introduction
A systems dynamic equations may be determined in several ways. They may
be found by deriving the equations knowing the parameters such as mass,
spring constants, resistor values, etc. They may also be found by a technique
similar to the process used in linearization, in which all parameters except one
are held constant and that parameter is varied. Then the output is observed,
and the equation relating the two is determined. This lab focuses on the first
technique (called first principles modeling), but it requires knowledge of the
mass, spring constants, resistor values, etc. Therefore, it will be necessary to
determine these parameters for the DCMCT in order to develop its transfer
function.

## DC Motor Control Trainer (Hardware)

Figure 1 gives an overview of the hardware used in these labs. The main board
consists of a DC motor, electronic control circuitry, connectors, and a
daughterboard that houses the USB interface.

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USB
Connector

Other
Connectors

White
Reset
button

DC Motor

Black User
Switch

Disc

## Figure 1. Quanser DCMCT.

LEDs

QICii Software
Figure 2 shows what the QICii software screen looks like. The black boxes at top
left and the graphs on the right are updated in real time. The white boxes on the
left are the inputs. Table 1 lists and describes the numbered items.

for
choosin
g
exercise

Start/stop
experime
Connectnt
to
hardware

Stop
graphs
(experimen
t
continues)

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Autoscale
both axes

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ID
#
1

Label
Speed

Paramet
er
m

Current

Im

3
4

Voltage
Signal
Generato
r
Amplitud
e
Frequenc

Vm

5
6

Description

Unit

## Motor Output Speed (numeric

display)
Motor Armature Current (numeric
display)
Motor Input Voltage (numeric display)
Type of Generator for the Input
Voltage Signal

Hz

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A
V

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7
8

y
Offset
Speed

Voltage

Vm

10

11
12

Tf

Tf

## Generated Signal Offset (input)

Scope with Actual (red) and
Simulated (blue) Motor Speeds
Scope with Applied Motor Voltage
(red)
(input)
Motor Model Time Constant (input)
Time Constant of Filter for Measured
Signal

V
V
(V*s)
S
s

Module Startup
1. Connect the DCMCT to both power and USB. LED2 should light up, while
LED3 should flash on and off repeatedly.
2. Press the Reset (white) button (LEDs shouldnt change), then the black
User Switch. LED2 and LED3 should turn off.
3. Launch the QICii software (if you havent already), and select Modeling in
4. Click the Connect to data source (hardware) button next to the dropdown menu. The controller should start running, LED2 should light up,
and LED3 should stay off.
5. The following default parameters should be loaded when you start the
module:
Signal
Type

Amplitu
de (V)

Frequen
cy (Hz)

Offset
(V)

Square

2.0

0.4

0.0

K
)
10.0

(s)

Tf
(s)

0.2

0.01

## IMPORTANT! When changing the input parameters (for the signal

generator or model), you must press Enter for the change to take effect.

## Initial Experimental Tests

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6. Set the Amplitude to 0 and vary the Offset over its full range. What do
The current remains almost constant at 0 amp, but the speed
increases and decreases with the increase or decrease in the offset
voltage input, the signs also change accordingly

7. What is the maximum allowed voltage (Offset) input? What is the speed
at this input?
Max offset +5 V