Title: Active force cancellation of a near resonance vibrating system using robust H control

Authors: S.C. Fok; M.W.S. Lau; G.L. Seet; E. Low

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, The Petroleum Institute, P.O. Box 2533, Abu Dhabi, UAE. ' School of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, Newcastle University International Singapore, 180, Ang Mo Kio Ave. 8, Block P, Room 220, 569830, Singapore. ' School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, 50 Nanyang Avenue, 639798, Singapore. ' Engineering Accreditation Board, Institution of Engineers, 70 Bukit Tinggi Road, 289758, Singapore

Abstract: In this study, the active force cancellation performance of a robust H controller is investigated on a near resonance vibrating system consisting of a rotating machine hard mounted on a flexible base. This configuration and phenomenon can be present in vehicle engine mounts. The model of the vibrating system was first identified experimentally. The uncompensated system frequency response is then used to design the controller. The control objective is to reduce the system (RMS) gain. The effectiveness of the controller has been demonstrated experimentally through implementation on a digital signal processor. Results show reductions of the measured RMS transmitted forces at different mount locations when the machine is operated at speeds near the principal mode of vibration. However at frequency where the vibration is not significant, the reduction in transmitted force level can be minimal.

Keywords: H-infinity controllers; vibration damping; active control; vehicle vibration; robust control; near resonance vibration; rotating machinery; vehicle engine mounts.

DOI: 10.1504/IJVNV.2012.046172

International Journal of Vehicle Noise and Vibration, 2012 Vol.8 No.1, pp.36 - 50

Available online: 28 Mar 2012 *

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