Event-based hierarchical control for power flow in vehicle systems

Justin P. Koeln, Andrew G. Alleyne

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An event-based hierarchical control framework is presented for the control of power flow in vehicle systems. With multiple systems and subsystems interacting over a wide range of timescales, the control performance of vehicle systems can be significantly improved using hierarchical control which directly accounts for interactions among these systems and timescales. However, time-based hierarchical control is highly susceptible to unknown, unanticipated disturbances and faults due to the slow update rates of upper-level controllers. Vehicle systems in particular need the ability to quickly respond and reject the effects of these faults and disturbances. Therefore, an event-based triggering approach is presented, allowing controllers to update in response to a fault instead of waiting for the next time-based update. Results based on a simulated aircraft system show that event-based hierarchical control can significantly reduce the effect of these faults.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2016 American Control Conference, ACC 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781467386821
StatePublished - Jul 28 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event2016 American Control Conference, ACC 2016 - Boston, United States
Duration: Jul 6 2016Jul 8 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of the American Control Conference
ISSN (Print)0743-1619


Other2016 American Control Conference, ACC 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States

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© 2016 American Automatic Control Council (AACC).


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