This paper addresses a simultaneous control of the positions of the bridge and trolley and the vibrations of the load of a nuclear refueling machine (RM) that transports nuclear fuel rods to given locations in the nuclear reactor. Hamilton’s principle is used to develop the equations of motion of the RM. The lateral and transverse vibrations of the fuel rods during their transportation in water are analyzed. In deriving the control law, the nonlinear hydrodynamic forces acting on the rod are considered. Then, a boundary control scheme is developed, which suppresses the lateral and transverse vibrations simultaneously in the course of the transportation of the fuel rod to the desired locations. Furthermore, Lyapunov function-based stability analyses are performed to prove the uniform ultimate boundedness of the closed loop system as well as the simultaneous control of the positions of the bridge and trolley under the influence of nonlinear hydrodynamic forces. Finally, experimental and simulation results are provided to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed control scheme.
Automatica – Elsevier
Published: Jul 1, 2018
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