Analysis of Networked Structural Control with Packet Loss

Thao H.T. Truong, Peter Seiler, Lauren E. Linderman

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This brief considers the analysis of networked structural control systems with measurement loss. This is modeled as a sampled-data system that integrates the discrete-time operation of the controller with a fast-sampling approximation of the continuous-time structural (plant) dynamics. Random measurement loss in each channel due to the use of the wireless transmission is modeled as a Bernoulli process. This leads to a discrete-time, Markov jump linear model for the feedback system. An H2-norm analysis is proposed to assess the stability and the performance of the structural control. An example of a three-story building model is used to illustrate this approach. The H2-norm results are shown to be in agreement with the numerical simulations. The analysis can, thus, be used to assess various design choices. For example, the relationship between the probability of signal loss and the H2-norm depends on the method used to handle the signal loss. Moreover, the analysis shows that, for a jump controller setup using steady-state Kalman gains, the system can become unstable at very small probabilities of signal loss.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)344-351
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by NSF Award 1750225.

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  • Earthquake engineering
  • Markov jump linear system
  • networked control system
  • packet loss
  • sampled-data system
  • stability
  • structural engineering


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