Dynamics and Control of Structures

A Modal Approach

  • Wodek K. Gawronski

Part of the Mechanical Engineering Series book series (MES)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Dynamics

    1. Front Matter
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  3. Control

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
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  4. Back Matter
    Pages 206-232

About this book


Robots, aerospace structures, active earthquake-damping devices of tall buildings, and active sound suppression are examples of the application of structural dynamics and control methods. This book addresses the structural dynamics and control problems encountered by mechanical, civil, and control engineers. Many problems presented in this book originated in recent applications in the aerospace industry, and have been solved using the approach presented here. Dynamics analysis and controller design for flexible structures require a special approach due to the large size of structural models, and because flexible structure testing and control typically requires massive instrumentation (sensors and actuators). But the rapid development of new technologies and the increased power of computers allows for the formulation and solution of engineering problems that seemed to be unapproachable not so very long ago. The modal approach was chosen in this book. It has a long tradition in structural engineering (see, e.g., [84], [87], and [26]) and is also used in control system analysis, e.g., [93]. Its usefulness, thoroughly tested, does not need extensive justification. Both structural testing and analysis give priority to the modal representation, due to its compactness, simplicity, and explicit physical interpretation. Also, many useful structural properties are properly exposed only in modal coordinates. In this book the modal approach, preferred by structural engineers, is extended into control engineering, giving new analytical results, and narrowing the gap between structural and control analysis.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Wodek K. Gawronski
    • 1
  1. 1.Jet Propulsion LaboratoryCalifornia Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media New York 1998
  • Publisher Name Springer, New York, NY
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4757-5033-1
  • Online ISBN 978-0-387-21855-7
  • Series Print ISSN 0941-5122
  • Series Online ISSN 2192-063X
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