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Frequency-based control design for nonlinear systems


Project Description

Controlling systems with nonlinear dynamics is an area of great interest, due to its immediate impact on a number of technological areas such as nanopositioning, vibration isolation / control systems, drill strings, soft robots etc. Though the design and optimisation of control schemes in the frequency-domain is a mature topic in linear systems, this knowledge hasn’t yet fully been utilised to address problems in the control of nonlinear systems. This project aims at focusing on the dynamic analysis of nonlinear systems in the frequency-domain. Furthermore, it aims at formulating frequency-domain control design techniques aimed at improving the performance of nonlinear systems.

The successful candidate should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum of a UK Honours degree at 2.1 or above (or equivalent) in Electrical / Mechanical / Control Engineering.

Essential knowledge:
A strong background in dynamics / control is a must. Preferably, the prospective candidate must have a good understanding and experience in working with at least two of the following concepts:
1. Nonlinear system dynamics
2. Nonlinear control
3. Optimization
4. Differential Equations
MATLAB and SIMULINK, will be used extensively throughout this project and LabView will be used for experiments as and when required.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:

Formal applications can be completed online: http://www.abdn.ac.uk/postgraduate/apply. You should apply for Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Engineering, to ensure that your application is passed to the correct person for processing.

NOTE CLEARLY THE NAME OF THE SUPERVISOR AND EXACT PROJECT TITLE YOU WISH TO BE CONSIDERED FOR ON THE APPLICATION FORM.

Informal inquiries can be made to Dr S Aphale () with a copy of your curriculum vitae and cover letter. All general enquiries should be directed to the Postgraduate Research School ().

Funding Notes

There is no funding attached to this project. It is for self-funded students only.

How good is research at Aberdeen University in General Engineering?

FTE Category A staff submitted: 38.60

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