Robust boundary control for an euler bernoulli beam subject to unknown harmonic disturbances with a focus on resonance

Dimitri Karagiannis, Verica Radisavljevic-Gajic

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In this paper, a sliding mode backstepping controller for a pinned-pinned Euler-Bernoulli beam is briefly reviewed and its efficacy in the presence of unknown bounded harmonic disturbances at arbitrary frequencies is analyzed. A brief discussion of the open-loop unstable response to harmonic excitations at resonant frequencies is provided. Motivated by this, particular attention is given to excitations at the natural frequencies of the system. It is shown that in the face of such resonant disturbances, the sliding mode backstepping controller is able to eliminate the vibrations in the beam system where backstepping control alone cannot. Indeed it is shown that if the disturbances are not accounted for, the closed loop system exhibits large (relative to the initial conditions) steady state harmonic vibrations. When the unknown resonant harmonic disturbances are accounted for via the sliding mode backstepping technique, the steady state position is constant and does not exhibit any vibrations, and furthermore it reaches this steady state exponentially at an arbitrarily selected rate.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationVibration in Mechanical Systems; Modeling and Validation; Dynamic Systems and Control Education; Vibrations and Control of Systems; Modeling and Estimation for Vehicle Safety and Integrity; Modeling and Control of IC Engines and Aftertreatment Systems;Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Their Applications; Dynamics and Control of Renewable Energy Systems; Energy Harvesting; Control of Smart Buildings and Microgrids; Energy Systems
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
ISBN (Electronic)9780791858295
StatePublished - 2017
EventASME 2017 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2017 - Tysons, United States
Duration: Oct 11 2017Oct 13 2017

Publication series

NameASME 2017 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2017


OtherASME 2017 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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