Evaluation of linear DC motor actuators for control of large space structures
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A ten mode finite element model of a flexible space structure was used in simulations to examine all aspects of the actuator's performance. The performance of the actuator is compared for the three compensator designs. The actuator bandwidth is seen to be important in the actuator's effectiveness. Increasing actuator bandwidth resulted in a saturation nonlinearity in the actuator. The excitation capability of the actuator was examined to determine the authority of the actuator. The damping of the mast modes was examined to determine the effect of the feedback configuration of the actuator/mast system. Root locus techniques were used to explain changes in the vibrational modes of the structure due to the actuator compensation. Disturbance analysis was performed to quantify the effect of corrupted measurements on the purity of force generated by the actuator.
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