Nested and simultaneous solution strategies for general combined plant and controller design problems

Daniel R. Herber, James T. Allison

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Abstract

In this article, general combined plant and controller design or co-design problems are examined. Previous work in co-design theory imposed restrictions on the type of problems that could be posed. This article lifts many of those restrictions. The problem formulations and optimality conditions for both the simultaneous and nested solution strategies are given. Due to a number of challenges associated with the optimality conditions, practical solution considerations are discussed with a focus the motivating reasons for using direct transcription in co-design. This article highlights some of the key concepts in general co-design including general coupling, the dierences between the feasible regions for each strategy, general boundary conditions, inequality path constraints, system-level objectives, and the complexity of the closed-form solutions. Three co-design test problems are provided. A number of research directions are proposed to further co-design theory including tailored solution methods for reducing total computational expense, better comparisons between the two solution strategies, and more realistic test problems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication43rd Design Automation Conference
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791858127
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
EventASME 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2017 - Cleveland, United States
Duration: Aug 6 2017Aug 9 2017

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
Volume2A-2017

Other

OtherASME 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2017
CountryUnited States
CityCleveland
Period8/6/178/9/17

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Modeling and Simulation

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    Herber, D. R., & Allison, J. T. (2017). Nested and simultaneous solution strategies for general combined plant and controller design problems. In 43rd Design Automation Conference (Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference; Vol. 2A-2017). American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2017-67668