Low-order models for control of fluids

Low-order models for control of fluids

The ability to effectively control a fluid would enable many exciting technological advances, such as the design of quieter, more efficient aircraft.  Model-based feedback control is a particularly attractive approach, but the equations governing the fluid, although known, are typically too complex to apply standard tools for dynamical systems analysis or control synthesis.  This talk addresses model reduction techniques, which are used to simplify existing models, to obtain low-order models tractable enough to be used for analysis and control, while retaining the essential physics.

Date

March 6, 2012 - 10:00am

Location

Howey N110
The ability to effectively control a fluid would enable many exciting technological advances, such as the design of quieter, more efficient aircraft.  Model-based feedback control is a particularly attractive approach, but the equations governing the fluid, although known, are typically too complex to apply standard tools for dynamical systems analysis or control synthesis.  This talk addresses model reduction techniques, which are used to simplify existing models, to obtain low-order models tractable enough to be used for analysis and control, while retaining the essential physics.