Ball-on-Plate Balancing System

Shorya Awtar, Kevin C. Craig et al.

Spring 1999



This project involved the conception and development of a ball-on-plate balancing system based on mechatronic design principles. Realization of the design was achieved with the simultaneous consideration towards constraints like cost, performance, functionality, extendibility, and educational merit. A complete dynamic system investigation for the ball-on-plate system was carried out. This included hardware design, sensor and actuator selection, system modeling, parameter identification, controller design and experimental testing. The system was designed and built by students as part of the Mechatronics System Design course at Rensselaer.

The following publications provide a detailed discussion of the project.




Figure 1. Ball-on-Plate Balancing System: View of the actuation mechanism 







Figure 2. Ball-on-plate Balancing System: View of the touch sensitive plate



Skills learned

Mechatronics system design thus leads us through the entire procedure of design concept generation, analysis and simulation of system dynamics, component selection, parts fabrication and assembly, electronic hardware selection and transducer interfacing, circuit design and wiring, software design, system parameter identification and verification, and finally controller design and implementation. 







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