Structure redesign for improved dynamic response
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The concepts of multivariable control design are used to redesign structures represented by lumped parameter models. When the mass is held constant, the changing of passive structural members is mathematically equivalent to an output feedback decentralized control problem. When the mass is also allowed to change, a generalization of the output feedback formulation is required. The design objective is to minimize the changes in the structure required to simultaneously satisfy inequality constraints on both the root-mean-square and absolute value of the dynamic response of each output. An alternative objective treated is to minimize the root-mean-square of the dynamic response subject to inequality constraints on the changes allowed in each structural member. Examples illustrate both procedures. 1992 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. All rights reserved.