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Optimized Modal Synchronized Switching Control for Flexible Structures

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G. Cazzulani, F. Braghin, F. Mazzocchi

Politecnico di Milano, Milano, Italy

Paper No. SMASIS2016-9146, pp. V002T03A013; 5 pages
  • ASME 2016 Conference on Smart Materials, Adaptive Structures and Intelligent Systems
  • Volume 2: Modeling, Simulation and Control; Bio-Inspired Smart Materials and Systems; Energy Harvesting
  • Stowe, Vermont, USA, September 28–30, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Aerospace Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5049-7
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


This paper focuses on the Synchronized Switching Damping (SSD) control, a semi-active vibration suppression technique based on the coupling between a mechanical structure and piezoelectric actuators. This control family is optimized for structures subjected to mono-harmonic excitation. Anyway, in the last years, different solutions to address multi-harmonic and multi-modal excitation have been developed. One of them is the so-called Modal SSD, where the switches of the shunting circuit are governed by the behavior of the modal coordinates of the structure. Although the control performance is good, this paper shows that there are still some issues to be solved. For this reason, the paper proposes a modified version of this control strategy able to improve the control performance without increasing the circuit complexity. The proposed solution is firstly described in detail and then tested and compared with the existing ones on the numerical model of a cantilever beam.

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