Study of sparse feedback control algorithm on benchmark structure

Reuben D. Verdoljak, Lauren E Linderman

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Modern structural control systems use centralized, wired sensor feedback to impart counter forces based on measurement of the response. However, centralized systems can be sensitive to sensor failure, controller failure, and the reliability of sensor links. The recent study of wireless control systems has encouraged decentralized control approaches to overcome wireless structural control challenges, including limiting the wireless communication required and the associated slow sampling rate and time delays in the control system. Decentralized control offers the additional advantages of multiple independent controllers and small subsets of measurement feedback. Previous decentralized structural control algorithms enforce a spatial sparsity pattern during the design, which is assumed a priori. Therefore, the optimal feedback structure is not considered in the design. This work explores a decentralized optimal LQR design algorithm where the sparsity of the feedback gain is incorporated into the objective function. The control approach is compared to previous decentralized control techniques on a 5-Story control benchmark structure fitted with a semi-active control system. Additionally, the sparsity and control requirements are compared to centralized designs to gain insight on the overall performance of sparse feedback systems. The optimal sparse feedback design offers the best balance of performance, measurement feedback, and control effort.

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
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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