The Mechatronics Research Laboratory (MRL)
was established in 2005 to facilitate teaching and research in the areas of
Mechatronics and Intelligent Systems,
Diagnostics/Prognostics, Advanced Control
Systems, Modeling and Simulation, Drive-By-Wire Systems, and
Sensors & Algorithms.
aimed at creating high-tech workforce in the area of
mechatronics and intelligent systems by providing
appropriate training to the students in order to meet
the needs of these rapidly changing technologies and provide services to industry for promoting new technologies.
MRL is equipped with state
of the art rapid control prototyping hardware and
software which are used to conduct fundamental research, promote applied research activities, attract industrial projects, and teach the next generation engineering and technology students.
MRL also hosts a number of high-end workstations to
conduct research in the area of modeling and simulation. The lab has a real-time
hardware-in-loop (HIL) simulator for an on-demand
all-wheel-drive systems powered by an 800MHz PowerPC
based real-time hardware by dSPACE. This HIL simulator
is used to validate the control system design for this
system. Another real-time hardware-in-loop (HIL) bench
for a steer-by-wire (SBW) system, powered by an 800MHz PowerPC
based real-time hardware by dSPACE, is being
commissioned in this lab (2007). A Linux machine with Dual Xeon Processors is
used for parallel real time simulation of complex engine
systems. This project has shown that the simulation
speed of complex physical models can be significantly
improved by parallelizing the SIMULINK model. This
project was funded by Cummins, Inc.. Also, two high end
Pentium 4 Windows based workstations are being used for
research projects on Model-Based Fault Tolerant Control
of Steer-By-Wire Systems and the design of Optimal
Control System for an On-Demand All-Wheel Drive System
for Hybrid Vehicles. Funding is sought from National
Science Foundation for the Steer-By-Wire project.
Additional funding is being sought to develop a
Microwave Aided Sinter Forming (MASF) process for high
temperature components, also from NSF.