ME w144L: Summer 2016 Department of Mechanical Engineering
Dynamic Systems and Controls Lab The University of Texas at Austin
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Raul G. Longoria Labs Meet: ETC 4.160 (per your schedule) 
Office/Hours: ETC 5.134B;M 11-12 or appt Phone: 512-471-0530
Teaching Assistant: Jack Hall and Etse Campbell
(jackhall)/(etse.campbell) @
Course Description:
  • This is a senior-level laboratory course that provides practical hands-on training and experience with methods used in modeling, analysis, simulation, and control of engineering systems.
  • Emphasis is given to developing and using experimental techniques that support system modeling and control applications.
  • The course also aims to provide instruction and experience with measurement and instrumentation concepts, sensor technologies, use of computer-based data acquisition, and design of physical experiments.
  • See the course log for course activity/content which begins first week of classes.

This lab course is taught independent of the lecture-based course ME 344 (Dynamic Systems and Controls), which is a co-requisite for registration in this laboratory.  You should also have credit for ME 340/140L. It is expected that you can apply fundamental circuit concepts to analyze and understand testing with basic electrical instruments.


All materials will be provided on the course website:  Refer to your course textbook(s) from ME 344; your notes/text from 340/140L will also be helpful.  Some material may be posted on UT Canvas, which may be used by the TA(s).


Pre-Lab Exercises: 40%Lab Evaluations: 30%, Participation: 10%, Hands-On Quiz: 20%

Course Topics and Application areas (subject to change):

The major topics and corresponding labs for this course are listed in the table below, although topics and labs may change.  Pre-laboratory assignments and laboratory descriptions can be found on the course log.

Applied to:
Dynamic systems modeling and simulation Compound pendulum; Two-can lab; Beams; Electromechanics
Sensors, instrumentation, data aquisition Rotational motion, pressure, strain/force, acceleration
Force and moton measurement
Beam response, shaker table response
Image acquisition and analysis
Analog meter motion detection and control
Electromechanical transduction
LVDT sensors, EM shaker, analog meter
Feedback control principles Analog meter needle position control lab

Last updated May 31, 2016 | See Page 2 of Overview | Course Syllabus (PDF file)