Port-Hamiltonian Modeling of a Nonlinear Timoshenko Beam with Piezo Actuation

Thomas Voss, Jacquelien M. A. Scherpen*

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In this paper we develop a mathematical model for the dynamics of a nonlinear Timoshenko beam with piezoelectric actuation. This model can then be used to design controllers with the goal of achieving a desired shape of the beam. The control scheme can be used for several applications, e. g., vibration control in structures or shape control for high-precision structures like inflatable space reflectors. The starting point of the control design is modeling for control. We do this in the framework of port-Hamiltonian (pH) modeling, which has favorable properties, such as passivity and a Hamiltonian representing the energy and serving as a Lyapunov function, that can be exploited for controller design. An important property of the pH modeling framework is that it facilitates modeling multiphysics systems or systems which consist of several subsystems, where all parts are modeled separately and then can be interconnected easily. This is possible because any interconnection of finite dimensional pH systems yields again a finite dimensional pH system. Hence, the pH framework is useful for our multidomain modeling purpose.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)493-519
Number of pages27
JournalSIAM Journal on Control and Optimization
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • port-Hamiltonian systems
  • piezoelectric material
  • Timoshenko beam

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