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Research ENTEG Discrete Technology & Production Automation Research Projects

Modeling and Control of Inflatable Space Structures

thesis Thomas Voss
Thesis cover Thomas Voss
The doctoral thesis defence took place on the 21st of May 2010.


In this project mathematical models of inflatable space structures, specifically inflatable space reflectors, are developed. To be able to control the shape of a reflector one can use piezoelectric polymers as actuators which are bonded to the reflecting surface. The modeling of theses piezoelectric elements is done in the infinite dimensional port-Hamiltonian framework. We are also focusing on the spatial discretization of the infinite dimensional port-Hamiltonian models to be able to design a finite dimension shape controller by using passivity based control methods. The main focus in the spatial discretization step is to preserve the structure of the model.


J.M.A. Scherpen

PhD student

T. Voss



Contact information

Telephone +31 50 363 8493
FAX +31 50 363 8498
Secretariat Frederika Fokkens
Postal address University of Groningen
Nijenborgh 4
NL-9747 AG Groningen
The Netherlands

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