Hybrid life extending control of mechanical structures

Hui Zhang, Asok Ray, Shashi Phoha

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The goal of life extending control is to achieve high performance of complex dynamical systems (e.g., aircraft, spacecraft, and energy conversion systems) without overstraining the mechanical structures and the potential benefit is an increase in the service life of critical components with no significant loss of performance. This paper presents a two-tier architecture and a design methodology of hybrid (i.e., combined discrete-event and continuously-varying) life extending control for structural durability and high performance of mechanical systems. A feedback controller at the lower tier is designed with due consideration to robust performance and damage mitigation. A variable-structure stochastic automaton is employed at the lower tier for status evaluation of structural damage while the overall system performance is maintained by the supervisory level discrete-event controller at the upper tier. Experimental results on a laboratory test apparatus are presented for validation of the proposed concept of hybrid life extending control.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1357-1362
Number of pages6
JournalProceedings of the IEEE Conference on Decision and Control
StatePublished - 1999
EventThe 38th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC) - Phoenix, AZ, USA
Duration: Dec 7 1999Dec 10 1999

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Control and Optimization


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