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Control of Flexible Structures
Edited by: Kirsten A. Morris, University of Waterloo, ON, Canada
A co-publication of the AMS and Fields Institute.

Fields Institute Communications
1993; 243 pp
Volume: 2
ISBN-10: 0-8218-9201-0
ISBN-13: 978-0-8218-9201-5
List Price: US$105
Member Price: US$84
Order Code: FIC/2
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Flexible structures arise in significant important areas of application, such as robotics, large space structures, and antenna control. Difficulties related to sensing and identification hamper control of such systems. These problems require collaboration between mathematicians and engineers. To promote such collaboration, the Fields Institute sponsored a three-day workshop entitled "Problems in Sensing, Identification, and Control of Flexible Structures" in June 1992. This volume contains papers presented at the workshop. Topics range from theoretical research on the well-posedness of systems, to experimental implementations of various controllers. A number of controller design techniques are discussed and compared, and there are several papers on modelling the complex dynamics of flexible structures. This book is a useful resource to control theorists, engineers, and mathematicians interested in this important field of research.

Titles in this series are co-published with the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences (Toronto, Ontario, Canada).


Control theorists, engineers, and mathematicians.

Table of Contents

  • I. G. Rosen and M. A. Demetriou -- An on-line parameter estimation scheme for flexible structures
  • V. J. Modi, A. C. Ng, and F. Karray -- On the dynamics and control of the space based flexible articulating system
  • K. A. Morris and J. N. Juang -- Dissipative controller designs for second-order dynamic systems
  • M. Reyhanoglu and N. H. McClamroch -- Nonlinear attitude control of planar structures in space using only internal controls
  • K. Lenz -- Frequency domain control designs for an ideal beam
  • D. Wang -- Comparison of control strategies for the single flexible link
  • F. Golnaraghi -- On the development of an energy based controller for flexible structures
  • G. R. Heppler -- On dynamic mass capture by flexible robots
  • K. Ito -- Well-posedness and stability of perturbed linear evolution equations
  • G. Lee-Glauser, J.-N. Juang, and J. L. Sulla -- Optimal active vibration absorber: design and experimental results
  • S. Ahmed -- Why characterise flexible structures? A radarsat project perspective
  • J. Bontsema -- Control and observation for flexible structures described by partial differential equations
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