Swing-Up and Stabilization of the Double Furuta Pendulum

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2018

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Abstract

The problem of stabilization of an inverted pendulum is a common experiment in controls laboratories.

The objective of the experiment is to balance a bar upright by providing appropriate motion to its base, similar to balancing a tennis racket upright on the palm of a human hand.

The problem can be made more challenging by trying to balance two serially-joined bars instead of one.

In this thesis, such a problem is considered. A mathematical model of the system is developed, and ideas of swing-up and stabilization of the two serial bars (mechanical links) are explored.

A prototype is developed for validating the control system, and the details of the hardware design are discussed.

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