Research Projects

Research Interests

Nonlinear Control Design for Mechatronics Systems
Control of MEMS
Robotic Systems
Renewable Energy Systems
Automotive Systems
Hydraulic and Pneumatic Control Systems
Applications of PLC in Industrial Automation

Research Grants

4D Entertainment Machine
TEAM: Mohammad Salah, Saed Abed
Funded by Hashemite University with the amount of 17,000 JD

The aim of this project is to design and build a four dimensional (4D) computer controlled machine for entertainment purposes that suits all ages. The entertainment machine consists mainly of a moving seat connected to a set of three linear actuators and to a computer with a screen to create, as a result, a three dimensional (3D) virtual reality environment. It is intended to actuate the moving seat via the linear actuator  based on the events occurred in the virtual environment that represents and adventure in the jungle, mountains, or any similar environment for entertainment purposes. The figure shown in the side explains how the 3D entertainment machine would look like. The fourth dimension in this system would be the action of smell, sound, light, and sense of temperature exists in the virtual environment.


Power and Control Design for Hybrid Fuel-Cell/Battery Vehicle
Mohammad Abu Mallouh, Mohammad Hamdan, Mohammad Salah, Brian Surgenor, Mohamed Youssef
Funded by the Scientific Research Support Fund with the amount of 95,782 JD

The basis of this project is to examine the feasibility of converting a small ICE vehicle into a fuel cell (FC)/Battery hybrid electric operation vehicle. This project sets out to build and design a test bench and controller that represent a scale down hybrid FC/battery vehicle. The main key to a successful conversion is the design and optimization of the powertrain and control algorithm. Initially a realistic drive cycle that represents the driving pattern in Amman will be designed. A model of an ICE powertrain will be developed and validated. This model will be used to design a model of hybrid FC/battery powertrain for the vehicle. The hybrid powertrain model will provide a test-bed for designing power management supervisory controller. Model-based validation of the powertrain and controller will lead at the end to building a hybrid FC/battery test bench. This step is essential for future experimental conversion of real small ICE vehicles. The hybrid FC/battery version is expected to have zero emission. This is also expected to have a better fuel economy than the ICE version.




Advanced Automotive Suspension Test Rig
Mohammad Salah, Ahmad Al-Jarrah, Bashar Hammad
Funded by Hashemite University with the amount of 35,500 JD

The aim of this project is to study the effect of road terrains (especially in Jordan) on the automotive suspension system by building an advanced suspension test rig to investigate experimentally the impact of bumps and humps of roads on the suspension of various vehicles. The figure shown in the side explains how the test rig would look like.




Mechatronics Training Kit and Research Tool: Four-Bar Mechanism Driven by a Geared DC Motor (Numerical and Experimental Investigation)
Ahmad Al-Jarrah, Mohammad Salah, Khalid Al-Widyan
Funded by Hashemite University with the amount of 3,580 JD

The aim of this project is to design and implement a Mechatronics system to be used in the lab as a training kit and research tool. The Mechatronics system is chosen to be a four-bar linkage mechanism. Different standard control techniques will be investigated by the students to comprehend the variations in the system response. Nonlinear and advanced control techniques will also be investigated and developed. All implemented control strategies are to control the angular position and speed at the input link (geared dc motor shaft) of a four bar mechanism while tracking a desired trajectory at the output link. Other control objectives will be investigated as well. The kit will be connected to a computer station (PC) where the students or researchers can program the operation of the system using different developing tools such as Labview and Matlab/Simulink.