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Finite Element Formulation for Static Shape Control of a Thin Euler-Bernoulli Beam Using Piezoelectric Actuators

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Eric J. Ruggiero, John Singler, John A. Burns, Daniel J. Inman

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Paper No. IMECE2004-60117, pp. 9-16; 8 pages
  • ASME 2004 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Aerospace
  • Anaheim, California, USA, November 13 – 19, 2004
  • Conference Sponsors: Aerospace Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4700-4 | eISBN: 0-7918-4178-2, 0-7918-4179-0, 0-7918-4180-4
  • Copyright © 2004 by ASME


The main component of future space satellites will be an ultra-large, ultra-low mass aperture for high bandwidth communication or high quality imaging from on-orbit. Such an aperture will require an extremely high surface precision tolerance in order to be effective, especially for imaging purposes. Such tight surface precision tolerances dictate the use of an active control scheme to enable tight control of the shape of the aperture. Further, by integrating an active control scheme during the fabrication process, the aperture will become multi-functional and enable many scientific endeavors. One possible method for analyzing ultra-flexible space structures is through the use of the finite element method. Although many commercial packages are available, careful design of a tailored finite element solver can reveal important information about the system, such as where sensors should be placed on the structure. As an illustrative example, this work formulates the weak form of the equation of motion governing the dynamics of a cantilevered, Euler-Bernoulli beam. In particular, static shape control will be implemented on such a beam using a mathematically formulated LQR controller.

Copyright © 2004 by ASME



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