The report deals with the control of the positions and velocities of high-speed vehicles in a single guideway. It is assumed that each and every train measures its position and velocity every T seconds. The appropriate accelerations or decelerations to be applied to each vehicle are constrained to be constant during the sampling interval. Through the use of a control costs functional, which penalizes the system for any deviations from the desired headway and velocity, the required control accelerations and decelerations are obtained by deriving the system equations in discrete-time and, through the use of available results in the theory of discrete optimal control, the optimal linear time-invariant sampled-data feedback control system is determined. The general results, as well as the general purpose digital computer programs, are presented and are used to study the effect of changing the sampling time T upon the control-system performance. Since, in general, the cost of the communication system (in terms of required channel capacity, bandwidth, etc.) decreases with increasing values of the sampling time, the system designer has the capability of conducting trade-off studies involving the deterioration of the control system performance vs. the decrease in the cost of communication as the sampling time is increased. (Author)

  • Corporate Authors:

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Electronics Systems Laboratory
    Cambridge, MA  United States 
  • Authors:
    • LEVIS, A H
    • Athans, M
  • Publication Date: 1968-1

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  • Pagination: 56 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00039078
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: ESL-R-339
  • Contract Numbers: C-85-65t
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 24 1973 12:00AM