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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. Sliding mode control technique is applied to the reactor system controller design in order to improve robustness and accuracy of tracking of a thermal power reference profile in a start-up regime and a payload current reference profile in an operation regime. Extensive simulations of the TOPAZ II reactor system with the designed sliding mode controller showed an improvement of the reactor system performance

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Aerospace and Electronic Systems, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:34 ,  Issue: 2 )