Frequency domain design of a control law for active control of rotating stall in an axial flow compressor

Craig A. Buhr, Matthew A. Franchek, Sanford Fleeter

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Presented in this paper is the design of a control law for rotating stall in axial compressors. The controller design is executed in two primary phases. In the first phase, an input-output model of the compressor is developed to recover the frequency response of the spatial mode dynamics. The representation of the compressor dynamics in this form facilitates the controller design process. In the second phase, a feedback controller having the structure u i = K ie jβ(i)y i is designed to maximize the stability of the i th spatial mode where y i denotes the i th spatial harmonic. Maximum performance is limited by the output saturation of the air injectors. The design of K i and β i is realized using a feedback control notion referred to as sensitivity. Sensitivity is a measure of the transmissibility of the disturbances which lead to rotating stall. The controller is designed for an analytical compressor model comprised of nonlinear ordinary differential equations (NODE). These NODEs are derived from a reduction of the Moore-Greitzer partial differential equations (PDE). The paper concludes with a discussion of designing dynamic controllers which may achieve performance beyond the control law u i = K ie jβ(i)y i.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the American Control Conference
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages5
StatePublished - 1999
EventProceedings of the 1999 American Control Conference (99ACC) - San Diego, CA, USA
Duration: Jun 2 1999Jun 4 1999


OtherProceedings of the 1999 American Control Conference (99ACC)
CitySan Diego, CA, USA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering


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