course: Master Practical Course Automatic Control

teaching methods:
practical course
responsible person:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan Lunze
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Jan Lunze (ETIT), Dr.-Ing. Christian Wölfel (ETIT)
offered in:
summer term

dates in summer term

  • kick-off meeting: from 14:15 in ID 2/553
  • lab Thursdays: from 14:15 to 16.45 o'clock in ID 05/517


Form of exam:lab
Registration for exam:Directly with the lecturer
continual assessment


Students have skills, which enable them to solve small control engineering problems. Moreover, they have received key qualifications by carrying out experiments in team-based group work.


The practical course deepened the contents of the lecture 'automatic control' and provides opportunities for application of modern digital automation devices. The practical course comprises the following experiments:

  1. Design and testing of a transport and manufacturing process.
  2. Synchronization and loading process.
  3. Introduction to LabVIEW: Getting to know LabVIEW, a purely graphical programming language, which plays a significant role in both the industrial laboratory measurement technology, as well as in the automatic control engineering.
  4. Modelling of the levitating magnetic sphere: The well-known experiment 'The floating sphere' should be examined in detail with a PXI real-time system of the system LabVIEW. The goal is to create a mathematical model which is suitable for the design of a stabilizing controller.
  5. Feedback control of the floating sphere: This experiment focusses the design of different controllers, which allow realizing various set-points, faults and load weights for the stabilization of the sphere in the magnetic field.
  6. Modelling of the three-tank experiment: The communication link between MATLAB and the programmable logic controller from Siemens is used for the modeling of the three-tank experiment. In these experiment mathematical models for the tanks, pumps and valves must be created with the aid of appropriate tests.



recommended knowledge

Contents of the lecture • Automatic Control


Anmeldung: vom 07.03. bis 11.04.2022, per E-Mail an (unter Angabe von Name und Matrikel-Nr.)

Vorbesprechung: 14.04.2022 um 10:15 Uhr, ID-2/553, Dr.-Ing. Christian Wölfel

Die Teilnahme an der Vorbesprechung ist zwingend für den Praktikumsplatz erforderlich. Während der Vorbesprechung ist keine Anmeldung zum Praktikum mehr möglich. Die Einteilung der Gruppen erfolgt in der Vorbesprechung.

Mindestteilnehmerzahl: 3

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