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RESEARCH PAPERS

Optimal Control of a Rotor Partially Filled With an Inviscid Incompressible Fluid

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S. L. Hendricks, R. D. Klauber

Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Va. 24061

J. Appl. Mech 51(4), 863-868 (Dec 01, 1984) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3167738 History: Received September 01, 1983; Revised April 01, 1984; Online July 21, 2009

Abstract

Optimal control theory is used to stabilize a rotating cylinder partially filled with an inviscid, incompressible fluid. As an example, the theory is used to control a rotor consisting of two discrete masses connected by a flexible shaft. The fluid is inside one of the masses and the control force is applied to the other. The rotor-fluid system which is unstable without controls is shown to be stable when acted upon by a feedback force designed to minimize a suitable performance index.

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