Publications in Scientific Journals:
M. Miletic, A. Arnold:
"A Piezoelectric Euler-Bernoulli Beam with Dynamic Boundary Control: Stability and Dissipative FEM";
Acta Applicandae Mathematicae,
Abstract We present a mathematical and numerical analysis on a control model for the time evolution of a multi-layered piezoelectric cantilever with tip mass and moment of inertia, as developed by Kugi and Thull (Control and Observer Design for Nonlinear Finite and Infinite Dimensional Systems, Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences, pp. 351-368, 2005). This closed-loop control system consists of the inhomogeneous Euler-Bernoulli beam equation coupled to an ODE system that is designed to track both the position and angle of the tip mass for a given reference trajectory. This dynamic controller only employs first order spatial derivatives, in order to make the system technically realizable with piezoelectric
sensors. From the literature it is known that it is asymptotically stable (Kugi and Thull in Control and Observer Design for Nonlinear Finite and Infinite Dimensional Systems, Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences, pp. 351-368, 2005). But in a refined
analysis we first prove that this system is not exponentially stable.
In the second part of this paper, we construct a dissipative finite element method, based on piecewise cubic Hermitian shape functions and a Crank-Nicolson time discretization. For both the spatial semi-discretization and the full x − t-discretization we prove that the numerical method is structure preserving, i.e. it dissipates energy, analogous to the continuous case. Finally, we derive error bounds for both cases and illustrate the predicted convergence rates in a simulation example.
Beam equation · Boundary feedback control · Asymptotic stability · Dissipative Galerkin method · Error estimates
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