12 April 2017 Control of equipment isolation system using wavelet-based hybrid sliding mode control
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Critical non-structural equipment, including life-saving equipment in hospitals, circuit breakers, computers, high technology instrumentations, etc., is vulnerable to strong earthquakes, and on top of that, the failure of the vibration-sensitive equipment will cause severe economic loss. In order to protect vibration-sensitive equipment or machinery against strong earthquakes, various innovative control algorithms are developed to compensate the internal forces that to be applied. These new or improved control strategies, such as the control algorithms based on optimal control theory and sliding mode control (SMC), are also developed for structures engineering as a key element in smart structure technology. The optimal control theory, one of the most common methodologies in feedback control, finds control forces through achieving a certain optimal criterion by minimizing a cost function. For example, the linear-quadratic regulator (LQR) was the most popular control algorithm over the past three decades, and a number of modifications have been proposed to increase the efficiency of classical LQR algorithm. However, except to the advantage of simplicity and ease of implementation, LQR are susceptible to parameter uncertainty and modeling error due to complex nature of civil structures. Different from LQR control, a robust and easy to be implemented control algorithm, SMC has also been studied. SMC is a nonlinear control methodology that forces the structural system to slide along surfaces or boundaries; hence this control algorithm is naturally robust with respect to parametric uncertainties of a structure. Early attempts at protecting vibration-sensitive equipment were based on the use of existing control algorithms as described above. However, in recent years, researchers have tried to renew the existing control algorithms or developing a new control algorithm to adapt the complex nature of civil structures which include the control of both structures and non-structural components.

The aim of this paper is to develop a hybrid control algorithm on the control of both structures and equipments simultaneously to overcome the limitations of classical feedback control through combining the advantage of classic LQR and SMC. To suppress vibrations with the frequency contents of strong earthquakes differing from the natural frequencies of civil structures, the hybrid control algorithms integrated with the wavelet-base vibration control algorithm is developed. The performance of classical, hybrid, and wavelet-based hybrid control algorithms as well as the responses of structure and non-structural components are evaluated and discussed through numerical simulation in this study.
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Shieh-Kung Huang, Chin-Hsiung Loh, "Control of equipment isolation system using wavelet-based hybrid sliding mode control", Proc. SPIE 10168, Sensors and Smart Structures Technologies for Civil, Mechanical, and Aerospace Systems 2017, 1016832 (12 April 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2257882; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2257882
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