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An Initial Comparison of Energy Use Between Crane Control Methods

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Joshua Vaughan

University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, LA

Paper No. DSCC2014-6285, pp. V003T28A001; 6 pages
  • ASME 2014 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference
  • Volume 3: Industrial Applications; Modeling for Oil and Gas, Control and Validation, Estimation, and Control of Automotive Systems; Multi-Agent and Networked Systems; Control System Design; Physical Human-Robot Interaction; Rehabilitation Robotics; Sensing and Actuation for Control; Biomedical Systems; Time Delay Systems and Stability; Unmanned Ground and Surface Robotics; Vehicle Motion Controls; Vibration Analysis and Isolation; Vibration and Control for Energy Harvesting; Wind Energy
  • San Antonio, Texas, USA, October 22–24, 2014
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4620-9
  • Copyright © 2014 by ASME


Cranes have been used for transport of material since antiquity. Modern cranes still share some characteristics with the ancients, namely payload oscillation. As such, there has an extensive research effort to control crane payload vibration, resulting in the development of many effective methods. This paper compares two popular methods of crane vibration control, feedback control and input shaping. In addition to showing that both of these methods can dramatically reduce payload oscillation, one primary measure used in this comparison is energy use. The differing nature of the control methods is shown to result in different energy use profiles. This is shown to be true even for when the payload responses for the two controllers are similar.

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