Controller implementation on infinite order structural systems using distributed sensors

Robert Butler, Vittal Rao, Leslie Koval

Research output: Contribution to journalConference articlepeer-review

4 Scopus citations


The design of spatially shaped distributed sensors for the control of infinite order structural systems has become a topic of interest in recent years. Sensor shape optimization techniques were developed for the design of optimal controllers on infinite order structural systems. In this paper, we investigate methods for the implementation of distributed sensors using polyvinylidene flouide (PVDF) film. The complexity of the sensor shapes depends on the mode shapes of the flexible structure and the performance measure of the controllers. The sensitivity of the sensor shape on the performance of the controller is being investigated. The problems associated with the practical implementation of distributed sensors with PVDF film are also identified. The shapes of the distributed sensors for the implementation of a linear quadratic regulator (LQR) and a pole-placement controller have been determined. These sensors are implemented on simple cantilever beam test articles using PVDF film. The details of hardware implementation of the controllers are presented. The closed loop performance of the controllers are compared with simulation studies. The sensitivity of the shapes of the distributed sensors for the LQR and pole-placement controllers is discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)358-368
Number of pages11
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
StatePublished - May 6 1994
Event1994 North American Conference on Smart Structures and Materials: Smart Structures and Intelligent Systems - Orlando, United States
Duration: Feb 13 1994Feb 18 1994


Dive into the research topics of 'Controller implementation on infinite order structural systems using distributed sensors'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this