Eigenvalue optimization algorithms for structure/controller design iterations Academic Article uri icon


  • An eigenspace optimization approach is proposed and demonstrated for the design of feedback controllers for the maneuvers/vibration arrests of flexible structures. The algorithm developed is shown to be equally useful in sequential or simultaneous design iterations that modify the structural parameters, sensor/actuator locations, and control feedback gains. The approach is demonstrated using a differential equation model for the "Draper/RPL configuration." This model corresponds to the hardware used for experimental verification of large flexible spacecraft maneuver controls. A number of sensor/actuator configurations are studied vis-a-vis the degree of controllability. Linear output feedback gains are determined using a novel optimization strategy. The feasibility of the approach is established, but more research and numerical studies are required to extend these ideas to truly high-dimensioned systems. © 1985 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc., All rights reserved.

author list (cited authors)

  • Bodden, D. S., & Junkins, J. L.

citation count

  • 74

publication date

  • November 1985