Application of a Generalized Actuator Model to the Study of Energy Regeneration Control Strategies

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R. Kurt Heinzmann

Manufacturing Engineering Applications Center, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Mass. 01609-2280

Bhartendu Seth

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Powai, Bombay 400076, India

Janos Turi

The Center for Engineering Mathematics, University of Texas at Dallas, Richardson, Texas 75083-0688

J. Dyn. Sys., Meas., Control 114(3), 462-467 (Sep 01, 1992) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2897369 History: Received April 23, 1990; Revised November 01, 1991; Online March 17, 2008


This paper illustrates the implementation of a method to optimize energy regeneration in a variety of dynamic systems. Two control strategies were first simulated on a computer and then tested on an electro-mechanical apparatus. The test apparatus consisted of a battery powered mechanism containing a d-c motor, an electric power converter and a brake, connected to an active load simulator. The simulations and the tests confirmed that in many cases, to maximize regeneration, some power must be dissipated in a brake. For high torque at low speed, regeneration could be achieved only if a brake was used in conjunction with the actuator.

Copyright © 1992 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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