James W. Kamman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Emeritus
Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
Western Michigan University
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Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering
MS Project

Control System Demonstrator (CSD)

The control system demonstrator is an instructional device capable of demonstrating concepts of closed-loop feedback control.  The CSD was designed and built by Jake Sauer as part of the degree requirements for a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering.  It was designed to illustrate how a closed-loop feedback control system may be implemented in practice.  It is intended to bridge the gap between the ideas of classical control-system design strategies and the implementation of those strategies.


The CSD uses light bulbs as a source of heat to control the temperature of air flowing through a tube.  The actual temperature is measured and used as feedback to control the intensity of the light bulbs.  The unit is controlled by a LabVIEW program using a serial interface.  The LabVIEW program allows the user to select a set point (desired temperature) and the form of control. It was designed to demonstrate Proportional (P) control, Proportional + Integral (PI) control, Proportional + Derivative (PD) control, or full PID control.

The final report was written to provide useful information to students who wish to learn more about the CSD.  A PDF file containing the complete final report can be downloaded using the links below.


Control System Demonstrator Project Final Report

Final Report (Part 1 of 4)

Final Report (Part 2 of 4)

Final Report (Part 3 of 4)

Final Report (Part 4 of 4)