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System Identification Using Virtual Instruments
Jim Dempsey and John Selking
Advisor: Dr. I. S. Ahn

Control Systems engineers are faced with two tasks in designing a stable system. The first task is to identify the system characteristics, and the second is to design a compensator to control the system. The second of these tasks is fairly fundamental given the results of the first. However, determining the systems' characteristics can be a very long and tedious process. This project provides, through automated experimentation, the electrical system characteristics for the control engineer. To perform this automated testing, a virtual instrument is used. A virtual instrument incorporates a computer and several computer-controlled bench instruments on a common bus structure in order to form one integrated test tool. This type of system can be configured to perform many other automatic tests.

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