WIT Press

Optimal Control Of Beam Structures By Shape Memory Wires

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/OP970431

Volume

31

Pages

10

Published

1997

Size

848 kb

Author(s)

S. Seeleckei & C. Busked

Abstract

The paper studies the optimal control of shape memory wires. These wires can be used as actuators in smart structures in order to alter the structural shape according to changing environmental conditions. As a first step, a very simple smart structure is analyzed, viz. the combination of an elastic beam with a shape memory wire. An extension of the dynamic Muller-Achenbach model, accounting for the possibility of electric heating, is used for the description of the shape memory behavior. This - together with the beam bending equation - leads to a coupled system of nonlinear ODEs. The resulting optimal control problem is solved by a direct method, thus determining the heating function for the wire

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