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Sensors 2012, 12(8), 11360-11371;

An Improved Force Feedback Control Algorithm for Active Tendons

School of Mechanical Engineering & Applied Electronics Technology, Beijing University of Technology, Beijing 100124, China
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Received: 20 July 2012 / Revised: 9 August 2012 / Accepted: 10 August 2012 / Published: 20 August 2012
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)
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An active tendon, consisting of a displacement actuator and a co-located force sensor, has been adopted by many studies to suppress the vibration of large space flexible structures. The damping, provided by the force feedback control algorithm in these studies, is small and can increase, especially for tendons with low axial stiffness. This study introduces an improved force feedback algorithm, which is based on the idea of velocity feedback. The algorithm provides a large damping ratio for space flexible structures and does not require a structure model. The effectiveness of the algorithm is demonstrated on a structure similar to JPL-MPI. The results show that large damping can be achieved for the vibration control of large space structures. View Full-Text
Keywords: vibration control; active tendon; differential force feedback vibration control; active tendon; differential force feedback
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Guo, T.; Liu, Z.; Cai, L. An Improved Force Feedback Control Algorithm for Active Tendons. Sensors 2012, 12, 11360-11371.

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