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Smart Structures and Systems   Volume 18, Number 6, December 2016, pages 1111-1123
Semi-active control of seismically excited structures with variable orifice damper using block pulse functions
Amir Younespour and Hosein Ghaffarzadeh

Abstract     [Full Text]
    The present study aims at proposing an analytical method for semi-active structural control by using block pulse functions. The performance of the resulting controlled system and the requirements of the control devices are highly dependent on the control algorithm employed. In control problems, it is important to devise an accurate analytical method with less computational expenses. Block pulse functions (BPFs) set proved to be the most fundamental and it enjoyed immense popularity in different applications in the area of numerical analysis in systems science and control. This work focused on the application of BPFs in the control algorithm concerning decrease the computational expenses. Variable orifice dampers (VODs) are one of the common semi-active devices that can be used to control the response of civil Structures during seismic loads. To prove the efficiency of the proposed method, numerical simulations for a 10-story shear building frame equipped with VODs are presented. The controlled response of the frame was compared with results obtained by controlling the frame by the classical clipped-optimal control method based on linear quadratic regulator theory. The simulation results of this investigation indicated the proposed method had an acceptable accuracy with minor computational expenses and it can be advantageous in reducing seismic responses.
Key Words
    semi-active control; variable orifice damper (VOD); block pulse function (BPF); clipped-optimal control; linear quadratic regulator; seismic response
Amir Younespour and Hosein Ghaffarzadeh: Department of Civil Engineering, University of Tabriz, Tabriz, Iran

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