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H-infinity motion control system for a 2-m telescope
Author(s): Gustavo A. Medrano-Cerda; Robert D. Lett; Paul Rees
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Paper Abstract

The design of high performance motion control systems for large telescopes is an area of major interest. To counteract the effects of parameter variations and uncertainties as well as wind buffeting a robust controller must be designed. This paper outlines an approach for designing H-infinity controllers for the main axes of a class of telescopes. Some choices made during the controller design are briefly considered. The impact on system performance arising from structural resonance, wind buffeting, drive train stiffness and drive stiction are discussed. The controllers are developed from state space models that include wind disturbances. Davenport wind power spectrum is used to characterize wind buffeting. Sub-optimal H-infinity controllers are designed using standard tools in Matlab. The controllers are designed to operate in continuous time but for implementation they are discretized with a sampling time interval of 2.5 milliseconds. Experimental results for both azimuth and altitude are presented and discussed. A summary of RMS servo errors for tracking and pointing is also included.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 December 2002
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4836, Survey and Other Telescope Technologies and Discoveries, (24 December 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.457003
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Gustavo A. Medrano-Cerda, Telescope Technologies Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Robert D. Lett, Telescope Technologies Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Paul Rees, Telescope Technologies Ltd. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4836:
Survey and Other Telescope Technologies and Discoveries
J. Anthony Tyson; Sidney Wolff, Editor(s)

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