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Enhanced sliding mode control of the space nuclear reactor system

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1 Author(s)
Shtessel, Y.B. ; Dept. of Electr. & Comput. Eng., Alabama Univ., Huntsville, AL, USA

The automatic control system (ACS) of the space nuclear reactor power system TOPAZ II that generates electricity from nuclear heat using in-core thermionic converters is considered. The sliding mode control technique was applied to the reactor system controller design in order to provide the robust high accuracy following of a neutron (thermal) power reference profile in a start up regime and a payload electric power (current) reference profile following in an operation regime. Extensive simulations of the TOPAZ II reactor system with the designed sliding mode controllers showed improved accuracy and robustness of the reactor system performances in a start up regime and in an electric power supply regime as well

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Decision and Control, 1995., Proceedings of the 34th IEEE Conference on  (Volume:3 )

Date of Conference:

13-15 Dec 1995