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New Directions in the Control of Nonlinear Mechanical Systems

  • Firdaus E. Udwadia
  • Robert E. Kalaba

Abstract

The newly developed equations of motion for constrained mechanical systems are used as a means for the explicit determination of the control forces needed to cause mechanical systems to satisfy given constraints, such as motion along a given curve in phase space. Two simple examples are described utilizing this new approach to the control of nonlinear mechanical systems.

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Reference

  1. 1.
    Udwadia F. E. and R. E. Kalaba, “A New Perspective on Constrained Motion, ” Proceedings of the Royal Society of London vol. 439, pp. 407–410, 1992.MathSciNetzbMATHCrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Firdaus E. Udwadia
    • 1
  • Robert E. Kalaba
    • 2
  1. 1.Professor of Mechanical and Civil Engineering & Decision SystemsUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Professor of Biomedical and Electrical Engineering & EconomicsUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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