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Active truss element and control law for vibration suppression
Author(s): James E. Bobrow; Faryar Jabbari; Kiem Thai
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Paper Abstract

In order to meet the demands of simplicity and reliability in active control systems for flexible structures, an inexpensive active truss element and control law has been developed in this research. A decentralized switching control law is used along with a compressible fluid in the truss element in order to dissipate energy during the motion of the structure. However, the energy is not absorbed in the same manner as a conventional viscous damper. The truss element retains its maximum stiffness, but has a reset-able nominal unstressed length. Energy is absorbed in the working fluid of the truss element through heat transfer to the environment when the nominal length is reset at the proper switching times. The control law is insensitive to changes in structural parameters such as mass, stiffness, and damping. In this paper, a mathematical model for the system is presented along with a stability analysis and experimental results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 May 1995
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 2443, Smart Structures and Materials 1995: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems, (8 May 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.208258
Show Author Affiliations
James E. Bobrow, Univ. of California/Irvine (United States)
Faryar Jabbari, Univ. of California/Irvine (United States)
Kiem Thai, Univ. of California/Irvine (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2443:
Smart Structures and Materials 1995: Smart Structures and Integrated Systems
Inderjit Chopra, Editor(s)

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