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Experimental robust control studies on an unstable magnetic suspension system

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2 Author(s)
Lim, K.B. ; NASA Langley Res. Center, Hampton, VA, USA ; Cox, D.E.

This study is an experimental investigation of the robustness of various controllers designed for the Large Angle Magnetic Suspension Test Fixture (LAMSTF). Both analytical and identified nominal model are used for designing controllers along with two different types of uncertainty models. Robustness refers to maintaining tracking performance under analytical model errors and dynamically induced eddy currents, while external disturbances are not considered. Results show that incorporating robustness into analytical models gives significantly better results. However, incorporating incorrect uncertainty models may lead to poorer performance than not designing for robustness at all. Designing controllers based on accurate identified models gave the best performance. In fact, incorporating a significant level of robustness into an accurate nominal model resulted in reduced performance. This paper discusses an assortment of experimental results in a consistent manner using robust control theory.

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American Control Conference, 1994  (Volume:3 )

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29 June-1 July 1994