Robust feedback control of combustion instability with modeling uncertainty

Boe Shong Hong, Vigor Yang, Asok Ray

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This paper presents the design of a robust feedback controller for suppressing combustion instabilities in propulsion systems with distributed actuators. The control synthesis procedure is based on the H-optimization, which guarantees robust stability and performance within specified uncertainty bounds by taking into account the effects of unmodeled dynamics, sensor noise, and parametric errors. It makes use of an observer structure for robust estimation of combustion dynamics, and an H loop-shaping for performance requirements. Results of simulation experiments are presented to show how longitudinal pressure oscillations can be suppressed in a generic combustion chamber. The closed-loop control system exhibits robust stability and performance in the presence of exogenous disturbances and parametric errors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-106
Number of pages16
JournalCombustion and Flame
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Chemistry
  • General Chemical Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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