Making Control System Development Easier with MATLAB and Simulink (Part 4): Real-Time Testing

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Ethan Woodruff, MathWorks

This is the fourth webinar of a four part webinar series that will highlight the use of MathWorks products for designing or updating a control system by using a digital motion control case study.

This webinar will concentrate on real-time testing of a controller design. MathWorks engineers will present an approach for performing real-time tests directly from models in Simulink. Through product demonstrations they will show how you can build and execute real-time tests, and connect those tests to hardware, for realistic functional testing of a control system.

Key concepts will include:
• Building the real-time test
• Configuring IO blocks
• Interacting with the real-time test
• Parameter tuning and data logging

The first webinar introduced how you can use dynamic simulation to model, design and verify control systems before testing on hardware. The second webinar covered plant modeling for control design. The third webinar detailed design of the control system.

Through this webinar series MathWorks engineers will demonstrate how you can:
• Catch errors early in the development process where they are easier and cheaper to fix.
• Troubleshoot existing design problems systematically and effectively, without tying up actual hardware systems
• Test more thoroughly, by starting before hardware is available and by simulating conditions that would be dangerous or costly to examine with real hardware
• Try different control strategies safely and quickly

This will help you reduce development time and costs, improve quality, and deliver systems with higher performance and efficiency.

Product Focus

  • Simulink
  • Simulink Coder
  • Simulink Real-Time

Recorded: 19 Jan 2010