Download free courseware Teaching System Dynamics with an Arduino controlled haptic paddle, MATLAB, and Simulink from Vanderbilt University.
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By Professor Robert Webster
Professor Jenna Gorlewicz
Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering
Southern Illinois University
System Dynamics is a junior-level mechanical engineering course and the laboratory, where the paddle is the focus, is an additional component of the course where students work in small teams.
Students learn to create models of the haptic paddle in Simulink and to interface these models to their paddles in a closed-loop feedback control exercise. Students also have the opportunity to develop and interact with virtual environments in Simulink, enabling two-way interaction with the paddles. Further, using MATLAB's built-in system identification and analysis capabilities, students can quickly analyze a system's response to various inputs. This platform allows students to take on a much greater role in modeling and controlling the haptic paddle and the virtual systems they interact with while simultaneously developing valuable experience with practical engineering software.