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International Journal of Rotating Machinery
Volume 2007, Article ID 91276, 10 pages
Research Article

Suppression of Base Excitation of Rotors on Magnetic Bearings

1Environmental Quality Systems, Carderock Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Philadelphia, PA 19112, USA
2Department of Mechanical Engineering, Center for Nonlinear Dynamics & Control, Villanova University, Villanova, PA 19085, USA

Received 1 March 2006; Revised 26 October 2006; Accepted 25 December 2006

Academic Editor: Hyeong-Joon Ahn

Copyright © 2007 Steven Marx and C. Nataraj. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


This paper deals with rotor systems that suffer harmonic base excitation when supported on magnetic bearings. Magnetic bearings using conventional control techniques perform poorly in such situations mainly due to their highly nonlinear characteristics. The compensation method presented here is a novel optimal control procedure with a combination of conventional, proportional, and differential feedback control. A four-degree-of-freedom model is used for the rotor system, and the bearings are modeled by nonlinear expressions. Each disturbance frequency is expected to produce a multiharmonic system response, a characteristic of nonlinear systems. We apply optimal control choosing to minimize a performance index, which leads to the optimization of the trigonometric coefficients in the correction current function. Results show that the control technique suppresses rotor vibration to amplitudes that were significantly smaller than the disturbance amplitudes for the entire range of disturbance frequencies applied. The control technique explored in this paper is a promising step towards the successful application of magnetic bearings to systems mounted on moving platforms.