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Mathematical Methods for Robust and Nonlinear Control

EPSRC Summer School

Turner, Matthew C., Bates, Declan G. (Eds.)


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  • Gives students and industrial practitioners a better grounding in the theory underlying several important areas of control
  • Helps the reader to apply otherwise abstruse ideas of nonlinear control in a variety of real systems

The underlying theory on which much modern robust and nonlinear control is based can be difficult to grasp. In particular, certain mathematical aspects of advanced control theory can be problematic for students coming from a standard engineering background. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) sponsored Summer School which was held in Leicester UK in September 2006 attempted to "fill in the gap" in students’ appreciation of the theory relevant to several important areas of control.

This volume is a collection of lecture notes presented at that workshop by a group of experts in advanced control engineering of international origins.

The first ten chapters are devoted to the mathematical theory behind several areas of robust and nonlinear control and are aimed at introducing fundamental concepts to the reader. The last six chapters contain detailed case studies which aim to demonstrate the use and effectiveness of these modern techniques in real engineering applications.

It is hoped that this book will provide a useful introduction for students of many of the more common robust and nonlinear control techniques as well as se

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Control - H-Infinity Control - Hard Disk Drive - Immune System - MATLAB® - Model Reduction - Nonlinear Control - Nonlinear Systems - Robust Control - Windup - actuator - control engineering - linear optimization - model - modeling

Related subjects » Applications - Computational Intelligence and Complexity - Control Engineering - Hardware - Immunology - Industrial Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

Table of contents 

Theory of Robust and Nonlinear Control.- Control Design.- Structural Methods for Linear Systems: An Introduction.- Modelling and Model Reduction–State-Space Truncation.- Linear Matrix Inequalities in Control.- Anti-windup Compensation and the Control of Input-Constrained Systems.- Output Feedback Loop-Shaping Controller Synthesis.- Stability and Asymptotic Behaviour of Nonlinear Systems: An Introduction.- Sliding-Mode Observers.- Sliding-Mode Control in Systems with Output Time Delay.- Applications of Robust and Nonlinear Control.- Control Engineering and Systems Biology.- Robust Control of a Distillation Column.- Robust Control of a Hard-Disk Drive.- Modelling and Control of Railway Vehicle Suspensions.- Case Study on Anti-windup Compensation - Micro-actuator Control in a Hard-Disk Drive.- Enhancing Immune System Response Through Optimal Control.

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