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Application of fuzzy logic to active structural control
Author(s): Fabio Casciati; Lucia Faravelli; Timothy Yao
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Paper Abstract

Severe environmental loads acting upon civil engineering structures can provide a significant hazard. Structural control, first formalized by Yao [10], is one tool that engineers today can use, especially in the retrofit of older existing structures that have been found to be deficient. Few active control strategies, however, can deal adequately with a lack of exact knowledge of system parameter values or nonlinear behavior. One strategy that appears to be effective is fuzzy logic control. Imprecise linguistic descriptions of system conditions (e.g., the velocity is slightly negative and the displacement is somewhat positive, so apply a small force in the negative direction) can be used as the basis for activating control forces through the mathematical rules created by Zadeh [11]. In this paper, we discuss some aspects of the application of fuzzy control to civil engineering problems and we present results from the control of linear, two-degree-of- freedom systems that are subjected to simulated seismic excitation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 September 1994
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 2361, Second European Conference on Smart Structures and Materials, (13 September 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.184827
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Fabio Casciati, Univ. of Pavia (Italy)
Lucia Faravelli, Univ. of Pavia (Italy)
Timothy Yao, Univ. of Pavia (Italy)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2361:
Second European Conference on Smart Structures and Materials
Alaster McDonach; Peter T. Gardiner; Ron S. McEwen; Brian Culshaw, Editor(s)

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