Power Regeneration in Actively Controlled Structures
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The power requirements imposed on an active vibration isolation system are quite important to the overall system design. In order to improve the efficiency of an active isolation system we analyze different feedback control strategies which will provide electrical energy regeneration. The active isolation system is modeled in a state-space form for two different types of actuators: a piezoelectric stack actuator and a linear electromagnetic (EM) actuator. During regenerative operation, the power is flowing from the mechanical disturbance through the electromechanical actuator and its switching drive into the electrical storage device (batteries or capacitors). We demonstrate that regeneration occurs when controlling one or both of the flow states (velocity and/or current). This regenerative control strategy affects the closed loop dynamics of the isolator which sees its damping reduced.
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