Optimal control and H filter for control of Timoshenko beam vibrations using piezoelectric material

Xiaohong Li, Ramesh K. Agarwal, Shyh Pyng Shue

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Optimal control and H robust filter design for the beam vibration problem using smart material as actuators and sensors are studied in this paper. The Timoshenko beam (TB) is employed as the structural model. To stabilize the vibration of flexible beams, active control using piezoelectric (PZT) material as actuator is introduced. The distributed sensor using the PZT material is considered to work as an estimator for the system state variables. The TB represented by the partial differential equation (PDE) is discretized using the central difference scheme to generate a finite dimensional model. This procedure provides the practical ability to implement the distributed sensing and actuation terms into the design. The optimal control theory is employed to determine the control voltages of the actuator such that the dynamic motion of the beams under Gaussian disturbance is stabilized. Furthermore, considering the unknown noise and errors existing in the measurement process, the state estimator is realized by the robust H filter. The effectiveness of this strategy is illustrated by a simulation example.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1566-1571
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
StatePublished - 1998
EventProceedings of the 1998 37th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC) - Tampa, FL, USA
Duration: Dec 16 1998Dec 18 1998


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