Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Master's Report

Degree Name

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering (MS)

Administrative Home Department

Department of Mechanical Engineering-Engineering Mechanics

Advisor 1

Craig Friedrich

Advisor 2

Aleksandr Sergeyev

Committee Member 1

Scott Kuhl

Committee Member 2

Alexander Labovsky


The right execution of controllers ensures the correct analysis of information, generating efficient results and better optimizing the system. In this report, two controllers were designed. Firstly, a remotely controlled robotic arm, since there are no such type commercially available controllers. Moreover, robotic platforms are costly, so students and researchers are often unable to learn the concepts of programming industrial robots. This project makes a non-destructive, remotely-controlled robotic arm to better teach students and researchers about programming and control of robotic arms. Secondly, simulation of an automated thermal furnace for ArcelorMittal on SIMULINK, which is used for the annealing process of steel strip. The annealing process requires heating and cooling of the strip within a short duration to make metals more workable and to improve the ductility, resistance and hardness. The proposed simulation project for ArcelorMittal is used to virtually demonstrate the annealing process of a furnace.