Accession Number : ADA310012

Title :   The Nonlinear Control Theory of Complex Mechanical Systems.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 15 Jun 90-14 Feb 95,

Corporate Author : BOSTON UNIV MA COLL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Baillieul, J.

PDF Url : ADA310012

Report Date : 29 APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 57

Abstract : This report provides a technical overview of research on the nonlinear control theory of complex mechanical systems, conducted under support of the U.S. Air Force Office of Scientific Research. The period of support has been June 15, 1990 through December 14, 1995. The research has had both theoretical and experimental components aimed at development of new approaches for controlling the motions of complex mechanical systems. The work has been principally concerned with classes of physical systems wherein the salient dynamical features cannot be understood in terms of linear models. Applications of interest include the control of molecular dynamics, microelectromechanisms, aerospace structures, rotating shafts, turbine dynamics, etc. Common elements in models of such systems form the basis of a general theory of control.

Descriptors :   *ELECTROMECHANICAL DEVICES, *CONTROL THEORY, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, DYNAMICS, NONLINEAR SYSTEMS, LINEARITY, AEROSPACE CRAFT, TURBINES, SHAFTS(MACHINE ELEMENTS), ROTATION, MECHANICAL COMPONENTS.

Subject Categories : Operations Research

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE