Structure Preserving Spatial Discretization of a 1-D Piezoelectric Timoshenko Beam

Voss, T. & Scherpen, J. M. A., 2011, In : Multiscale Modeling & Simulation. 9, 1, p. 129-154 26 p.

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In this paper we show how to spatially discretize a distributed model of a piezoelectric beam representing the dynamics of an inflatable space reflector in port-Hamiltonian (pH) form. This model can then be used to design a controller for the shape of the inflatable structure. Inflatable structures have very nice properties, suitable for aerospace applications, e. g., inflatable space reflectors. With this technology we can build inflatable reflectors which are about 100 times bigger than solid ones. But to be useful for telescopes we have to achieve the desired surface accuracy by actively controlling the surface of the inflatable. The starting point of the control design is modeling for control. In this paper we choose lumped pH modeling since these models offer a clear structure for control design. To be able to design a finite dimensional controller for the infinite dimensional system we need a finite dimensional approximation of the infinite dimensional system which inherits all the structural properties of the infinite dimensional system, e. g., passivity. To achieve this goal first divide the one-dimensional (1-D) Timoshenko beam with piezoelectric actuation into several finite elements. Next we discretize the dynamics of the beam on the finite element in a structure preserving way. These finite elements are then interconnected in a physical motivated way. The interconnected system is then a finite dimensional approximation of the beam dynamics in the pH framework. Hence, it has inherited all the physical properties of the infinite dimensional system. To show the validity of the finite dimensional system we will present simulation results. In future work we will also focus on two-dimensional (2-D) models.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-154
Number of pages26
JournalMultiscale Modeling & Simulation
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • infinite dimensional port-Hamiltonian systems, structure preserving spatial discretization, piezoelectric beam, passivity, CONSERVING PHYSICAL SYSTEMS, HAMILTONIAN-FORMULATION, TRANSVERSE VIBRATIONS, INTERCONNECTION, BARS

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