Flexible Structures Laboratory
A series of fully instrumented flexible structures has been
set up for control of slewing and active vibration damping, as well as for
system identification and adaptive control studies. Special purpose hardware
and accompanying electronics comprise the basic laboratory experimental
apparatuses such as a free-free beam and a two-link flexible manipulator
(see below). Two new, complex flexible structures have recently been developed.
One is the Large Interconnected Vibration Experiment (LIVE), a 16-ft cantilevered
mass structure with slewable, flexible panels providing a multi-body experiment
platform (see below). The second is a deployable, planar, three bay truss
on air bearings (see below). This is a configuration on which high-speed
deployment studies can be made providing complex, nonlinear interactions
in a structure with multiple kinematic loops. Typically students do research
on such structures after taking at least one of our laboratory courses:
EE 757 Control Laboratory I or EE
758 Control Laboratory II.
Two Link Flexible Robot
Large Interconnected Vibration Experiment (LIVE)
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