Friday, September 22, 2017

Week 3: Preparation for Presentation 1

Today is the week 3 of our class meeting where we should be working on our Presentation 1. After we had our quick meeting of the updates from Dr. Furman and Eric, we continued to work on our presentation. 1/12th scale control group has invited the 1/12 scale control team from last semester to our class to help them and answer their questions. Since we are doing control system, we decided to sit in and listen to their conversation. It was helpful and answered some of our questions on control system. We then talked to Dr. Furman and Eric about what we should focus on. After our discussion, we got new ideas on our control system and rapid prototyping such as joystick and emergency stop button. The picture above show the existing control system in our working garage. We are looking forward to working on those prototyping and put new features on our control system.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Week 2: Presentation



For this week's meeting, we assembled at our usual workshop and presented our team's objectives and specifications to the rest of the teams. We specified how our end goal is to get the full scale pod car from one designation to another in a safe efficient manner on the 18m length track. Due to limited resources, we referenced our controls system based off the 1/12th scale model. Additionally, we exemplified how we will continue researching existing personal rapid transits around the world and try to incorporate their system controls to our own.

Week 1: Introduction


After 8/30 lecture, we have formed our group and we are in charge of the control of the Full Scale Project. On the next coming week, we will look more in to the controls of existing system on full scale track system and research on some industrial transit system for reference. We need to read and refer to reports and documents to understand the progress from last year.  Our focus will be the control, position, displacement and movement of Podcars on the track. By using applicable sensors and microcontroller, we can determine the position and displacement of the Podcars. We don't have much document about the Full Scale Controls team from last years, so we are planning to refer to other controls team and professors for assistance. Next week, we will be making a presentation about what we found, project description, specification, and end goals.

Week 3: Preparation for Presentation 1

Today is the week 3 of our class meeting where we should be working on our Presentation 1. After we had our quick meeting of the updates f...