This project takes a comprehensive look at model development for the classic magnetic levitation system and examines differences between the conventional mag-lev model and an actual system. Also examined are the effects that un-modeled dynamics can have on the stability of a simulated system. This project combines and expands upon modeling techniques presented in similar projects (Lawson and Gillies, 1989, Lin and Jou, 1993, Oguchi and Tomigashi, 1990, Wong, 1986), and presents a method for modeling the mag-lev system which combines conventional electromagnetic theory and data from the physical plant. The model is then tested by designing and simulating controllers with the model and then applying the controllers to the experimental apparatus.

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