ERIC Number: EJ680226
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Nov-1
Modelling, Simulation, Animation, and Real-Time Control (Mosart) for a Class of Electromechanical Systems: A System-Theoretic Approach
Rodriguez, Armando A.; Metzger, Richard P.; Cifdaloz, Oguzhan; Dhirasakdanon, Thanate; Welfert, Bruno
International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, v35 n6 p877-896 Nov 2004
This paper describes an interactive modelling, simulation, animation, and real-time control (MoSART) environment for a class of 'cart-pendulum' electromechanical systems that may be used to enhance learning within differential equations and linear algebra classes. The environment is useful for conveying fundamental mathematical/systems concepts through computer-aided analysis, design, graphical visualization, and 3D animation. Referred to as Cart-Pendulum Control3D-Lab 1 , the environment is based on Microsoft Windows/Visual C++/Direct-3D and MATLAB/Simulink 2 . Pull-down menus provide access to systems/models/control laws, exogenous signals, parameters, animation models and visual indicators, a suite of (easy-to-modify) Simulant diagrams containing models and control laws, MATLAB m-files for detailed analysis and design, and detailed documentation for each of the above. Three blocks enable animation, joystick inputs, and real-time animation within Simulant. Examples are presented to illustrate the utility of the environment as a valuable tool for analysing/visualizing the above class of electromechanical systems and for enhancing mathematics instruction.
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Mathematical Models, Motion, Animation, Simulation, Simulated Environment, Algebra, Equations (Mathematics), Electromechanical Technology
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