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Date(s) - 12/05/2012
6:45 pm - 8:00 pm
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Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley


Adaptive control techniques are well suited to applications that have unknown modeling parameters and poorly known operating conditions. Many physical systems experience external disturbances that are persistent or continually recurring. Flexible structures and systems with compliance between components often form a class of systems that fail to meet standard requirements for adaptive control. For these classes of systems, a residual mode filter can restore the ability of the adaptive controller to perform in a stable manner. New theory will be presented that enables adaptive control with accommodation of persistent disturbances using residual mode filters. After a short introduction to some of the control challenges of large utility-scale wind turbines, this theory will be applied to a high-fidelity simulation of a wind turbine.

Dr. Frost is a research engineer with NASA Ames Research Center working on control problems for aircraft and wind turbines. She has the following degrees: PhD, MS Electrical Engineering, and MS Mathematics from the University of Wyoming and BA Mathematics from Wellesley College.