Design of an Inverted Pendulum Experiment
Notes will appear here soon on the design of an inverted pendulum, as
used in a laboratory experiment at the University of Southern
The pendulum can be removed from the carriage, to leave an exercise in
position control. The requirements of 'real' position controllers
such as the arm of a robot are much more rigorous than the simple
'indicator repeaters' that form many commercial experiments.
The system must be able to resist a disturbing force with a minimum of
deflection. It must not overshoot and must come to rest as though
hitting a brick wall.
In pendulum mode, the system must respond briskly to a command for the
trolley to move to a new position.