A sequential linear optimization approach for controller design Academic Article uri icon


  • A linear optimization approach with a simple, real arithmetic algorithm is presented for reliable controller design and vibration suppression of flexible structures. Using first-order sensitivity of the system eigenvalues with respect to the design parameters in conjunction with a continuation procedure, the method converts a nonlinear optimization problem into a maximization problem with linear inequality constraints. The method of linear programming is then applied to solve the converted linear optimization problem. The general efficiency of the linear programming approach allows the method to handle structural optimization problems with a largenumber of inequality constraints on the design vector. The method is demonstrated using a truss beam, finite element model for the optimal sizing and placement of active/passive structural members for damping augmentation. Results using both the sequential linear optimization approach and nonlinear optimization are presented and compared. The insensitivity to the initial conditions of the linear optimization approach is also demonstrated. © 1986 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc.

author list (cited authors)

  • Horta, L. G., Juang, J., & Junkins, J. L.

citation count

  • 15

publication date

  • November 1986