The Controls Lab is situated in the Engineering Building (Tech 210) of University of Bridgeport. This lab is used for both instruction and research. Currently, the lab has three stations:
- Process Control Station
- Mixing Station
- Inverted Pendulum
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Process Control Station
The Process Control Station combines 4 closed loops with digital and analog sensors and actuators. With a PLC or a controller it is possible to use them individually or cascaded:
- Level control System
- Flow rate control System
- Pressure control System
- Temperature control System
Figure above: Process Control Station
Festo PLC can be programmed to control fluid level, flow rate, temperature and pressure without manual intervention.
Figure above: Festo PLC
The mixing station consists of 3 small holding tanks and a mixing tank. The medium is pumped from the holding tanks to the mixing tank using a pump and 3 process valves. The missing station can be use as part of an automated system. This station is controlled by means of a digital/ analog simulation box; digital/ analog Easyport and Fluidlab (computer); or PLC (Siemens) with touch panel.
Figure above: Mixing Station
The PLC can be programmed to mix the fluids according to various recipes. A touch screen panel is used to activate the system along with the PLC.
Figure above: Siemens PLC
Linear Inverted Pendulum
Inverted pendulum system is a nonlinear unstable system, an ideal experiment platform for teaching control theories and conducting various control experiments. Many abstract control concepts, such as the stability and the controllability of a control system, can all be shown visually through the inverted pendulum system.
Figure above: Linear Inverted Pendulum