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Gain scheduling for geometrically nonlinear flexible space structures

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dc.contributor.advisor David W. Miller. en_US Yung, Jeremy Hoyt, 1971- en_US
dc.contributor.other Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics. en_US 2005-05-19T14:58:44Z 2005-05-19T14:58:44Z 2001 en_US 2002 en_US
dc.description Thesis (Ph. D.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics, February 2002. en_US
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (p. 181-185). en_US
dc.description This electronic version was submitted by the student author. The certified thesis is available in the Institute Archives and Special Collections. en_US
dc.description.abstract A gain-scheduling approach for the control of geometrically nonlinear structures is developed. The objective is to improve performance over current linear design techniques that are applied to the same control problem. The approach is applicable to a variety of structures that have complex dynamics with slow variations such as flexible robotic arms and space structures with gimballing solar arrays. The modeling approach is motivated by the lack of in situ test data available for design of 0-g controllers. A Linear Fractional form allows the nonlinear and uncertain aspects of the structure to be modeled independently. The geometric nonlinearity is modeled using a feedback description of structural coupling. The uncertainty model is based on a physical parameter description, so that an experimentally identified 1-g parametric uncertainty model can be extrapolated to 0-g. The control approach is motivated by the success of linear control design synthesis and analysis techniques for space structures. Graphical heuristics for linear control design using Linear Quadratic Gaussian (LQG) and Sensitivity Weighted LQG techniques are introduced. A procedure to realize reduced-order gain-scheduled controllers from a family of linear state-space controllers is developed. A nonlinear analysis framework suitable for the slow variations of geometrically nonlinear structures is also presented. The realization procedure and nonlinear analysis is combined with the graphical linear design heuristics to form an iterative gain scheduled design process. The complete gain scheduling approach is applied to the MIT/MACE-II experiment flown on the International Space Station. Gain scheduled controller designs are shown to provide improved performance and robustness over a Multiple Model linear controllerdesign. en_US
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Jeremy Hoyt Yung. en_US
dc.format.extent 200 p. en_US
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dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology en_US
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dc.subject Aeronautics and Astronautics. en_US
dc.title Gain scheduling for geometrically nonlinear flexible space structures en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Ph.D. en_US
dc.contributor.department Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics. en_US
dc.identifier.oclc 51283889 en_US

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