Quanser Rotary Inverted Pendulum



Introduce Students to Two Pendulum Challenges

The Rotary Inverted Pendulum module is one of the most popular rotary experiments. It is ideal to introduce intermediate control concepts and theories relevant to challenges mechanical and aerospace engineers face in real life.

The Rotary Inverted Pendulum module attaches to the Rotary Servo Base Unit (SRV02). With this set up students can be exposed to two pendulum challenges:

  • Classic pendulum (Furuta Pendulum) experiment, learning to balance a vertical rod  in the upright position by rotating or changing the angle at the base
  • Self-erecting inverted pendulum experiment, learning to design a controller that swings the pendulum up and maintains it in the upright position

In addition to teaching intermediate control concepts, the Rotary Inverted Pendulum can be used for research in various areas, including fuzzy control.

How It Works

The Rotary Inverted Pendulum consists of a flat arm with a pivot at one end and a metal shaft on the other end. The pivot-end is mounted on top of the Rotary Servo Base Unit load gear shaft. The pendulum link is fastened onto the metal shaft and the shaft is instrumented with a high resolution encoder to measure its angle. The result is a horizontally rotating arm with a pendulum at the end.

Quanser-developed ABET-aligned Courseware Included

The Rotary Inverted Pendulum comes with Quanser-developed courseware standardized for ABET evaluation criteria. The workbook with exercises, together with the quick start resources, a comprehensive User Guide, pre-designed controllers and system model allow you to get your lab running faster, saving months of time typically required to develop lab materials.

  • Rotary Inverted Pendulum module easily attaches to the Rotary Servo Base Unit
  • High resolution encoders to sense rod and shaft angles
  • High quality aluminum chassis with precision-crafted parts
  • Easy-connect cables and connectors
  • Fully compatible with MATLAB®/Simulink® and LabVIEW™
  • Fully documented system models and parameters provided for MATLAB®, Simulink®, LabVIEW™ and Maple™
  • Open architecture design, allowing users to design their own controller

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