RESEARCH PAPERS: Vibration and Sound

On the Nature of Natural Control

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L. Silverberg, M. Morton

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, North Carolina 27695-7910

J. Vib., Acoust., Stress, and Reliab 111(4), 412-422 (Oct 01, 1989) (11 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3269877 History: Received April 29, 1987; Online November 23, 2009


This paper examines families of structural control systems and reveals inherent properties that provide the essential motivation behind the theory of Natural Control. It is determined that the associated fuel consumed by the controls is near minimal when the natural frequencies are identical to the controlled modal frequencies, and when the natural modes of vibration are identical to the controlled modes of vibration. Also, by casting the objective to suppress vibration in the form of an exponential stability condition, it is found that vibration is most efficiently suppressed when the modal damping rates are identical to a designer chosen decay rate. The use of a limited number of control forces over distributed control is characterized by a change in fuel consumed by the controls and by a deterioration in the dynamic performance reflected by changes in the modal damping rates. The Natural Control of a space truss demonstrates the results.

Copyright © 1989 by ASME
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