Modern Control Systems with LabVIEW™

Robert H. Bishop
Marquette University

Welcome to Control System Design with LabVIEW

As a companion to the textbook Modern Control Systems by Richard C. Dorf and Robert H. Bishop, this supplement provides a set of comprehensive tutorials and exercises utilizing the NI LabVIEW Control Design and Simulation Module. NI LabVIEW is a graphical and textual language for prototyping real control and signal processing systems, enabling a seamless flow from simulation to deployment on real-time control hardware. This text guides students through the process of modeling a system, analyzing the model to build a controller, and validating the robustness of the control system through simulation. Its contents and organization mirror the corresponding sections in MCS, making it an ideal teaching companion, especially when LabVIEW is being utilized in a corresponding controls laboratory.

It is assumed readers will have access to LabVIEW 2010 or later, the Control Design and Simulation Module, and Mathscript RT. With these tools the reader can easily build, simulate, and analyze the examples included in the text.  Solution VIs for many of the problems are included for use as a programming reference and can also be used as a starting point for solving more advanced design problems. All of the LabVIEW examples were developed and tested on a PC compatible with LabVIEW Express 2010. The VIs are available to download by following the links below.

For students unfamiliar with LabVIEW, it will be very helpful to have access to the Learning with LabVIEW textbook by Robert H. Bishop, available from Prentice Hall. For readers new to LabVIEW control, a wealth of documentation exists. Please see http://www.ni.com/academic/controls.htm .

Download files and VIs here: Modern Control Systems with LabVIEW