Equipment

Lab Equipment

The Srivastava Senior Design Lab has a wide selection of equipment that provides nearly all of the capabilities of the other ECE teaching labs in one place. Although the equipment may not be identical to that found in these other teaching labs, similar functionality is offered. Use the experience of learning new equipment as a way to expand your horizons. If you are using a piece of equipment for the first time, ask a TA for assistance, to make sure you understand how to safely use it. If the available equipment does not meet the needs of your project, talk to the course staff, and we will help you find what you need elsewhere on campus, consider purchasing it for the senior design lab (if it would be used by many groups), or brainstorm alternate ways to solve your problem.

Lab Kits

Each team is provided with at least one lockable storage drawer in the lab as well as a portable lab kit. An additional drawer and/or kit may be issued as need arises and facilities allow.

The lab kit includes a box with carrying handle and contains a wiring board for prototyping circuit projects, a multiple-output power supply, a digital multimeter, and a set of 8 cables (2 bnc/bnc, 2bnc/pin, 2 banana/banana, and 2 banana/pin). This is checked out to you by your TA at the beginning of the semester and must be returned undamaged at the end of the semester. Missing lab kits will result in an encumbrance or withheld diploma and a charge of $500.00, so always be sure to lock your lockers! Also, do not store any cables from the lab in your kit. Doing so will result in a loss of points.

Test Equipment

Most equipment is connected to the PCs via HPIB cables. Below is a sampling of the test equipment available:

Specific setups at the various lab benches can be in the listing at the bottom of this page.

Computers

The lab has PCs with enough processing power for the needs of nearly any senior design project. These machines are networked to a high-capacity laser printer (printing will count against your standard print quota). Each has an Ethernet connection to the campus network, an HPIB interface card connecting it to all of the standard instruments on its bench, and a sound card. The computers are maintained by Engineering IT, located in 3080 ECE Building.

The PCs are presently configured with the software shown here. Their primary uses include:

Test Equipment (Listed by lab bench)

 
Bench: A
Oscilloscope Rohde & Schwarz RTE 1054
Digital Multimeter Keysight 34461A
Triple Output DC Power Supply Keysight E3631A
Waveform Generator Agilent 33500B Series
 
Bench: B
Oscilloscope Agilent DSO7104B
Digital Multimeter Keysight 34461A
Triple Output DC Power Supply Keysight E3631A
Waveform Generator Agilent 33500B Series
 
Bench: C
Oscilloscope Agilent DSO-X 3034A
Digital Multimeter Keysight 34461A
Triple Output DC Power Supply Keysight E3631A
Waveform Generator Agilent 33500B Series
Pulse Generator Hewlett-Packard 8011A
Dual Output Power Supply Hewlett-Packard 6234A
 
Bench: D (Power)
Oscilloscope Agilent DSO-X 6004A
Digital Multimeter Keysight 34461A
Triple Output DC Power Supply Keysight E3631A
Waveform Generator Agilent 33500B Series
Pulse Generator Hewlett-Packard 8011A
Triple Output Power Supply Hewlett-Packard 6235A
Digital Power Analyzer Valhalla Scientific 2101
DC Power Supply Hewlett-Packard 6632A
DC Electronic Load Agilent 6060B
kW Power Supply Sorensen DCS 20-50
 
Bench: E
Oscilloscope Agilent DSO-X 3034A
Digital Multimeter Keysight 34461A
Triple Output DC Power Supply Keysight E3631A
Waveform Generator Agilent 33500B Series
Pulse Generator Hewlett-Packard 8011A
 
Bench: F
Oscilloscope Teledyne LeCroy HDO 4054-MS
Digital Multimeter Keysight 34461A
Triple Output DC Power Supply Keysight E3631A
Waveform Generator Agilent 33500B Series
Pulse Generator Hewlett-Packard 8011A
 
Bench: G (power)
Oscilloscope Agilent DSO-X 6004A
Digital Multimeter Keysight 34461A
Triple Output DC Power Supply Keysight E3631A
Waveform Generator Agilent 33500B Series
Triple Output Power Supply Hewlett-Packard 6235A
DC Power Supply Hewlett-Packard 6632A
DC Electronic Load Hewlett-Packard 6060B
Current Probe Amplifier Tektronix AM 503
 
Bench: H (RF)
Mixed Domain Oscilloscope Tektronix MDO4054B-3
Digital Multimeter Keysight 34461A
Triple Output DC Power Supply Keysight E3631A
Waveform Generator Agilent 33500B Series
S-Parameter Network Analyzer Hewlett-Packard 8753ES
S-Parameter Test Set Hewlett-Packard 85047A
Pulse Generator Hewlett-Packard 8011A
Signal Generator Hewlett-Packard 8657B
 
Bench: I
Oscilloscope Agilent DSO7104B
Digital Multimeter Keysight 34461A
Triple Output DC Power Supply Keysight E3631A
Waveform Generator Agilent 33500B Series
Pulse Generator Hewlett-Packard 8011A
Dual Output Power Supply Hewlett-Packard 6234A
 
Bench: J (RF)
Oscilloscope Agilent DSO7104B
Digital Multimeter Keysight 34461A
Triple Output DC Power Supply Keysight E3631A
Waveform Generator Agilent 33500B Series
Triple Output Power Supply Hewlett-Packard 6235A
DC Power Supply Hewlett-Packard 6632A
Network Analyzer Hewlett-Packard 8751A
S-Parameter Test Set Hewlett-Packard 87511A
 
Bench: K
Oscilloscope Teledyne LeCroy HDO 4054-MS
Digital Multimeter Keysight 34461A
Triple Output DC Power Supply Keysight E3631A
Waveform Generator Agilent 33500B Series
Dual Output Power Supply Hewlett-Packard 6234A
 
Bench: L (RF)
Mixed Domain Oscilloscope Tektronix MDO4054B-3
Digital Multimeter Keysight 34461A
Triple Output DC Power Supply Keysight E3631A
Waveform Generator Agilent 33500B Series
Vector Signal Analyzer Agilent 89441A
RF Section Hewlett-Packard 89440A
Signal Generator Hewlett-Packard 8657B
Precision LCR Meter Hewlett-Packard 4284A
 
Bench: M
Oscilloscope Agilent DSO7104B
Digital Multimeter Keysight 34461A
Triple Output DC Power Supply Keysight E3631A
Waveform Generator Agilent 33500B Series
 
Bench: N
Oscilloscope Agilent DSO-X 3034A
Digital Multimeter Keysight 34461A
Triple Output DC Power Supply Keysight E3631A
Waveform Generator Agilent 33500B Series
 
Bench: O
Oscilloscope Agilent DSO-X 3034A
Digital Multimeter Keysight 34461A
Triple Output DC Power Supply Keysight E3631A
Waveform Generator Agilent 33500B Series
Pulse Generator Hewlett-Packard 8011A
Triple Output Power Supply Hewlett-Packard 6235A
Communications Receiver AOR AR5000
 
Bench: P
Oscilloscope Agilent DSO-X 3034A
Digital Multimeter Keysight 34461A
Triple Output DC Power Supply Keysight E3631A
Waveform Generator Agilent 33500B Series

Cloud-controlled quadcopter

Anuraag Vankayala, Amrutha Vasili

Cloud-controlled quadcopter

Featured Project

Idea:

To build a GPS-assisted, cloud-controlled quadcopter, for consumer-friendly aerial photography.

Design/Build:

We will be building a quad from the frame up. The four motors will each have electronic speed controllers,to balance and handle control inputs received from an 8-bit microcontroller(AP),required for its flight. The firmware will be tweaked slightly to allow flight modes that our project specifically requires. A companion computer such as the Erle Brain will be connected to the AP and to the cloud(EC2). We will build a codebase for the flight controller to navigate the quad. This would involve sending messages as per the MAVLink spec for sUAS between the companion computer and the AP to poll sensor data , voltage information , etc. The companion computer will also talk to the cloud via a UDP port to receive requests and process them via our code. Users make requests for media capture via a phone app that talks to the cloud via an internet connection.

Why is it worth doing:

There is currently no consumer-friendly solution that provides or lets anyone capture aerial photographs of them/their family/a nearby event via a simple tap on a phone. In fact, present day off-the-shelf alternatives offer relatively expensive solutions that require owning and carrying bulky equipment such as the quads/remotes. Our idea allows for safe and responsible use of drones as our proposed solution is autonomous, has several safety features, is context aware(terrain information , no fly zones , NOTAMs , etc.) and integrates with the federal airspace seamlessly.

End Product:

Quads that are ready for the connected world and are capable to fly autonomously, from the user standpoint, and can perform maneuvers safely with a very simplistic UI for the common user. Specifically, quads which are deployed on user's demand, without the hassle of ownership.

Similar products and comparison:

Current solutions include RTF (ready to fly) quads such as the DJI Phantom and the Kickstarter project, Lily,that are heavily user-dependent or user-centric.The Phantom requires you to carry a bulky remote with multiple antennas. Moreover,the flight radius could be reduced by interference from nearby conditions.Lily requires the user to carry a tracking device on them. You can not have Lily shoot a subject that is not you. Lily can have a maximum altitude of 15 m above you and that is below the tree line,prone to crashes.

Our solution differs in several ways.Our solution intends to be location and/or event-centric. We propose that the users need not own quads and user can capture a moment with a phone.As long as any of the users are in the service area and the weather conditions are permissible, safety and knowledge of controlling the quad are all abstracted. The only question left to the user is what should be in the picture at a given time.

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