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Resolving actuator redundancy–optimal control vs. control allocation. (English) Zbl 1155.93353
Summary: This paper considers actuator redundancy management for a class of overactuated nonlinear systems. Two tools for distributing the control effort among a redundant set of actuators are optimal control design and control allocation. In this paper, we investigate the relationship between these two design tools when the performance indexes are quadratic in the control input. We show that for a particular class of nonlinear systems, they give exactly the same design freedom in distributing the control effort among the actuators. Linear quadratic optimal control is contained as a special case. A benefit of using a separate control allocator is that actuator constraints can be considered, which is illustrated with a flight control example.
MSC:
93B51Design techniques in systems theory
93C95Applications of control theory