Control of Higher–Dimensional PDEs

Flatness and Backstepping Designs

  • Thomas Meurer

Part of the Communications and Control Engineering book series (CCE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-17
  2. Introduction and Survey

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Thomas Meurer
      Pages 3-20
  3. Modeling and Application Examples

  4. Trajectory Planning and Feedforward Control

  5. Feedback Stabilization, Observer Design, and Tracking Control

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 0--1

About this book


This monograph presents new model-based design methods for trajectory planning, feedback stabilization, state estimation, and tracking control of distributed-parameter systems governed by partial differential equations (PDEs). Flatness and backstepping techniques and their generalization to PDEs with higher-dimensional spatial domain lie at the core of this treatise. This includes the development of systematic late lumping design procedures and the deduction of semi-numerical approaches using suitable approximation methods. Theoretical developments are combined with both simulation examples and experimental results to bridge the gap between mathematical theory and control engineering practice in the rapidly evolving PDE control area.

The text is divided into five parts featuring:

- a literature survey of paradigms and control design methods for PDE systems

- the first principle mathematical modeling of applications arising in heat and mass transfer, interconnected multi-agent systems, and piezo-actuated smart elastic structures

- the generalization of flatness-based trajectory planning and feedforward control to parabolic and biharmonic PDE systems defined on general higher-dimensional domains

- an extension of the backstepping approach to the feedback control and observer design for parabolic PDEs with parallelepiped domain and spatially and time varying parameters

- the development of design techniques to realize exponentially stabilizing tracking control

- the evaluation in simulations and experiments

Control of Higher-Dimensional PDEs — Flatness and Backstepping Designs is an advanced research monograph for graduate students in applied mathematics, control theory, and related fields. The book may serve as a reference to recent developments for researchers and control engineers interested in the analysis and control of systems governed by PDEs.


Backstepping Control Theory Differential Flatness Feedback Stabilization Motion Planning Trajectory Planning

Authors and affiliations

  • Thomas Meurer
    • 1
  1. 1.Automation and Control Institute / E376Vienna University of TechnologyViennaAustria

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-30014-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-30015-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0178-5354
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