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Calculation of Frequency Response Envelope for Dynamic Systems With Uncertain Parameters

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Wen-Hua Chen

Senior Lecturer in Flight Control Systems Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering,  Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU UKw.chen@lboro.ac.uk

J. Dyn. Sys., Meas., Control 133(6), 061007 (Sep 29, 2011) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4004068 History: Received January 15, 2010; Revised March 02, 2011; Published September 29, 2011; Online September 29, 2011

Frequency response finds a wide range of applications in many engineering sectors. When variations and uncertainties exist during the operation and lifetime of an engineering system, the calculation of frequency response for an uncertain dynamic system is required in order to assess the worst cases in terms of various criteria, for example gain and phase margins in control engineering, or peak magnitude at different modes in the finite element analysis of structures. This paper describes an analytical approach toward the identification of critical interior lines that possibly contribute to the boundary of the frequency response. It is allowed that uncertain parameters perturb transfer function coefficients in a nonlinear form. Conditions for critical interior lines contributing to the boundary of the frequency response are presented. An invariant property of these critical lines under open-loop and closed-loop configurations augmented by control systems or compensators is established, which greatly simplifies the analysis, design, and verification process when using frequency domain techniques. A procedure for computing frequency response and identifying the worst cases is then developed based on the combination of symbolic and numerical computation.

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Critical lines in the side consisting of parameter a and frequency

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Critical lines in the side consisting of parameter b and frequency

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Frequency response envelope generated by endpoints and critical lines. Solid lines: endpoints, ‘⋆’: the critical lines.

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Frequency response generated by parameter grid method

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Nyquist plot for the plant under PD control with K = 1. Solid line: the end points; ‘⋆’: the critical lines.

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Frequency response for aircraft original dynamics with specified uncertainties: Nichols Chart

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