All Groups

FIRST Robotics Motor Control

This is a group for FIRST Robotic Competition participants. The content in this group focuses on modeling and simulation of closed-loop motor controls, using FRC-legal motors.

Electro-Fluidic Systems and Control

Learn the basic building-blocks of fluidic systems (pump, valve, cylinder, etc.) and to assemble them with electro-mechanical elements into sophisticated electro-hydraulic components. These can be used in motion, pressure and flow control applications, such as a fuel pressure regulation and injection system.

Signals and Communications

Understand the fundamental principles and key design issues of communication systems, from basic analog filters, amplifiers and modulation circuits, to advanced analysis of digital and switched-capacitor filters, AGC and PLL functions, and signal integrity of data communication networks.

Robotics, Sensors, and Motion Control

Understand motion control systems, from simple analog PID to sampled data algorithms, switching power circuits, complex sensors, actuators and mechanisms. Work with colleagues to integrate stepper motors, solenoids, hydraulics and LVDTs, and to assess system-level performance and stability.

Power Systems

Explore DC, single- and 3-phase power systems, from basic power flow to advanced magnetic saturation and core loss, load harmonics and system stability. Supports team collaboration for load-balance, component sizing, fault protection and transient analysis.

Electro-Magnetic Components

Learn the basic building-blocks of electro-magnetic circuits (winding, core, air-gap, etc.) and to assemble them into physical models of components such as transformers and solenoids. Their realistic behavior, like saturation, core-loss and back-EMF, is well suited for mechatronic system design analysis.

Electronics Cooling and Thermal Control

Coordinate thermal and functional design aspects of power electronic circuits. Size passive heat mitigation for each component and the whole enclosure, based on the power dissipation profile of all parts during simulated operation. Design active (Peltier) temperature regulation systems.

Lighting Systems

Understand the fundamental characteristics of LEDs, lamps and other lighting components and their common operating methods. Design current control circuits with analog or PWM dimming for LEDs, or perform system-level analysis of fuse and wire sizes, driven by lamp cold-filament in-rush currents.

Motors and Drives

Learn motor & drive system concepts, from basic electro-mechanical energy conversion to advanced DQ control, space vector modulation, encoders and power electronics. Collaborate with experts in FEA-based machine design, sensors, algorithms and mechatronics to assess integrated system performance.

Power Electronics

Understand power electronics, from basic converters to “digital-power” PMICs. Analyze design margins for saturation, stability and thermals. Collaborate with other experts on batteriessolar panelsLEDsmotors, etc. for successful integrated system design.