The Reaction Wheel Pendulum: An Interactive Virtual Laboratory for Control Education

Arturo García, Natividad Duro, Raquel Dormido, Sebastián Dormido


This paper describes a virtual laboratory which illustrates a real-world application of fundamental control principles: the Reaction Wheel Pendulum. The goal of the paper is to motivate students to learn in a practical way different fundamental aspects of control processes. The laboratory has been developed using the programming support provided by Easy Java Simulations, an open-source tool for teachers with limited programming skills who want to create Java applications and applets.


Automatic Control, Control Education, Interactive Systems, Laboratories

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International Journal of Online and Biomedical Engineering (iJOE) – eISSN: 2626-8493
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