The Design of Optimum Controllers for Linear Processes With Energy Limitations

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Bernard Friedland

Applied Science Division, Melpar, Inc., Watertown, Mass.

J. Basic Eng 85(2), 181-192 (Jun 01, 1963) (12 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3656556 History: Received April 05, 1962; Online November 03, 2011


A special-purpose analog computer which can be used as the optimum controller for linear processes with energy-limited control inputs is described. The computer may be used to force the process state to a desired state in minimum time; or to minimize the terminal error at a specified time; or to minimize the energy consumption, if the error can be reduced to zero in the specified time. Continuous-time and discrete-time processes are both considered.

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