Vibration isolation/suppression: Research experience for undergraduates in Mechatronics and Smart Structures

J. W. Fonda, V. S. Rao, S. Sana

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Abstract

This paper provides an account of a student research project conducted under the sponsoring of the National Science Foundation (NSF) program on Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) in Mechatronics and Smart Structures in the summer of 2000. The objective of the research is to design and test a stand-alone controller for a vibration isolation/suppression system. The design specification for the control system is to suppress the vibrations induced by the external disturbances by at least five times and hence to achieve vibration isolation. Piezo-electric sensors and actuators are utilized for suppression of unwanted vibrations. Various steps such as modeling of the system, controller design, simulation, closed-loop testing using d-Space rapid prototyping system, and analog control implementation are discussed in the paper. Procedures for data collection, the trade-offs carried out in the design, and analog controller implementation issues are also presented in the paper. The performances of various controllers are compared. The experiences of an undergraduate student are summarized in the conclusion of the paper.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)295-306
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume4326
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2001
EventSmart Structures and Materials 2001-Modeling, Signal Processing, and Control in Smart Structures- - Newport Beach, CA, United States
Duration: Mar 5 2001Mar 8 2001

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