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Active damping with a reaction mass actuator
Author(s): John T. Spanos; John D. O'Brien
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Paper Abstract

This paper presents analytical and experimental results in actively damping flexible structures with reaction mass actuators. A two degree of freedom spring-mass model of a flexible structure is analyzed and the key parameters of actuator mass participation and pole-zero separation are related to the maximum damping achievable from rate feedback control. The main conclusion of the paper is that the larger the pole-zero separation the larger the amount of damping that can be imparted to a structural mode. Laboratory experiments conducted on an 8-foot truss structure support the analytical predictions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 July 1992
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1696, Controls for Optical Systems, (10 July 1992); doi: 10.1117/12.138148
Show Author Affiliations
John T. Spanos, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
John D. O'Brien, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1696:
Controls for Optical Systems
John A. Breakwell, Editor(s)

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