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Sensors 2017, 17(10), 2321; https://doi.org/10.3390/s17102321

Design of a Low-Cost Air Levitation System for Teaching Control Engineering

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Departamento de Informática y Automática, ETSI Informatica, UNED, Juan del Rosal 16, 28015 Madrid, Spain
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Departamento de Matemáticas, University of Murcia, 30100 Murcia, Spain
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Received: 28 July 2017 / Revised: 25 September 2017 / Accepted: 6 October 2017 / Published: 12 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)
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Abstract

Air levitation is the process by which an object is lifted without mechanical support in a stable position, by providing an upward force that counteracts the gravitational force exerted on the object. This work presents a low-cost lab implementation of an air levitation system, based on open solutions. The rapid dynamics makes it especially suitable for a control remote lab. Due to the system’s nature, the design can be optimized and, with some precision trade-off, kept affordable both in cost and construction effort. It was designed to be easily adopted to be used as both a remote lab and as a hands-on lab. View Full-Text
Keywords: distance education; remote laboratories; control engineering education; control systems distance education; remote laboratories; control engineering education; control systems
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Chacon, J.; Saenz, J.; Torre, L.; Diaz, J.M.; Esquembre, F. Design of a Low-Cost Air Levitation System for Teaching Control Engineering. Sensors 2017, 17, 2321.

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