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Comparing direct model reference adaptive control with traditional feedback control in the area of damage mitigation
Author(s): Donald Paul Waters
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Paper Abstract

The incorporation of an active control system into an aerospace structure as part of a smart structure has raised the issue of: How does the controller respond when the structure is damaged? The answer is usually dependent on the answer to numerous other questions regarding the type of controller, the type of damage, the application of the smart structure, etc. However, previous research has indicated that the Direct Model Reference Adaptive Control (DMRAC) algorithm has potential in preventing the damaged smart structure from becoming unstable. Maintaining stability following an impact damage is of minimal usefulness if the controller can not also provide satisfactory performance before the damage event. This paper presents the simulation results of research comparing a velocity and position feedback controller with a DMRAC controller. The primary areas of concern were the undamaged performance (damping augmentation) and the damaged performance (stability and steady state response). The traditional controller design performed better before the damage occurred, but the DMRAC controller was significantly better after the damage occurred.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 June 1999
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3667, Smart Structures and Materials 1999: Mathematics and Control in Smart Structures, (4 June 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.350126
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Donald Paul Waters, U.S. Air Force Academy (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3667:
Smart Structures and Materials 1999: Mathematics and Control in Smart Structures
Vasundara V. Varadan, Editor(s)

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