Active boundary control of elastic cables

Catalin F. Baicu, Christopher D. Rahn

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Cables are lightweight structural elements used in a variety of engineering applications. This paper introduces an active boundary control approach that damps undesirable vibrations in a cable. Using Hamilton's principle, the governing nonlinear partial differential equations for an elastic cable are derived, including the natural boundary conditions associated with boundary force control. Based on Lyapunov theory, passive and active vibration controllers are developed. A Galerkin approach generates the linearized, closed loop, modal dynamics equations for out-of-plane vibration. Simulations demonstrate the improved damping provided by the passive and active controllers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication15th Biennial Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise
EditorsK.W. Wang, B. Yang, J.Q. Sun, K. Seto, K. Yoshida, al et al
Edition3 Pt C
StatePublished - Dec 1 1995
EventProceedings of the 1995 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference. Part C - Boston, MA, USA
Duration: Sep 17 1995Sep 20 1995

Publication series

NameAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Design Engineering Division (Publication) DE
Number3 Pt C


OtherProceedings of the 1995 ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference. Part C
CityBoston, MA, USA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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