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Automatic Control and System Dynamics


Long-term Energy Monitoring System

In a private passive house in Oederan (district Mittelsachsen), the Lab conducts an energy and weather-measuring system since 2003. It was modernized to an extensive monitoring system with high temporal resolution (up to 1 kHz) in early 2013. The planning and implementation was carried out by the Technische Universität Chemnitz in cooperation with BMC Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH (Berlin), Sunstrom GmbH (Dresden), Raid Media Systems GmbH (Thalheim/Erzgeb.), GWT TUD GmbH (Dresden), local craft producers and the homeowners.

The long-term data acquisition is performed in the following areas:

  • electricity consumption
  • photovoltaic power generation (AC and DC circuit)
  • heat consumption (heating, hot water, ventilation system)
  • heat generation (solar thermal)
  • air interiors (humidity, temperature)
  • weather (outdoor temperature, wind)

Energy-Cube – laboratory for energy efficiency and indoor-vertical-farming

The Energy-Cube itself is equiped with a multitude of energy systems such as fuel cells, heat storage tanks, batteries, adjustable electric loads just to name a few. The interplay of these energy systems pioneers the study the energy efficiency, optimal model predictve control and the planning of energy production and consumption.

In order to investigate upon questions of modeling, state diagnosis and monitoring as well as model adaptation for agricultural production, the Energy-Cube is currently equiped with a miniature Indoor-Vertical-Farm. The long term goal to develope optimal energy and resource management of differentand energy and agricultural systems including aquaponics.

The lab is used together with the Professorship of Power Systems and High-Voltage Engineering (Prof. Schufft).

Test stand for vehicle traction control and estimation

The stand comprises of a single-wheel-drive drive and a conveyor. It enables testing traction control algorithms in a lab environment.

The control is realized real-time by a dSPACE microcontroller with accompaying software and MATLAB. The test stand has a number of features, inlcuding single-wheel suspension, to improve authencity of imitating on-field traction conditions.

Due to the nonlinearities, varios disturbances and model uncertainties the rig offers the possiblity to implement and test advanced control methodes in real time.


Control lab for student education

In the control lab students work on different relevant problems within our research topics and test, e.g., new methods for control and diagnostics. The here presented experimental setups also serve as demonstrations in lectures and exercises as well as on university events (e.g. open house day). Examples for the variety of control engineering experiments in our professorship are:

  • Linear inverted pendulum from Quanser Inc. (Markham, Kanada)
  • Condition-Monitoring-System PT 500 from G.U.N.T. Gerätebau GmbH (Hamburg)
  • Rotatory inverted pendulum from Quanser Inc. (Markham, Kanada)