"Interval Methods for Analysis and Design of Hybrid Uncertain Systems" (L.S.Shieh and G.R.Chen, supported by the U.S. Army Research Office)
This project involves robust control of sampled-data interval systems using digitally redesigned observer-based controller and analysis and design of general hybrid interval systems.
"Robust Optimal PWM and PAM Controllers for Uncertain Aerospace Systems" (L.S.Shieh, supported by NASA-JSC)
This project involves the development of new robust optimal PWM (Pulse Width Modulated) and PAM (Pulse Amplitude Modulated) digital controllers for improving the performance and robustness of continuous-time uncertain aerospace systems and industrial control processes.
"Controlling Chaos and Bifurcations in Complex Dynamical Systems" (G.R.Chen, supported by international cooperation funds)
This project involves theoretical and methodological development of controllers design for chaos and bifurcations in complex nonlinear dynamical systems. Potential applications include nonlinear circuits, fluid mixing, and some biomedical models.
"Mission Operations Assistants for Space Operations Automation" (G.R.Chen and J.N.Ortiz [NASA-JSC], supported by the UH-JSC Aerospace Post-Doc Fellowship Program)
This project involves developing intelligent control and automation methodologies and algorithms for the planning and conduct of human space flight missions.
"Methods for Measuring the Reactive Power Reserve Margin" (O.Crisan, supported by the Reliant Energy-Houston Lighting & Power Company)
Based on the power system recorded data, on-line procedures are developed for defining the reactive power reserve margin per power system and particular areas, and on-line voltage reactive power control measures are elaborated.
"Planning and Operation Criteria for Defining the Reactive Power Reserve Margin" (O.Crisan, supported by the Reliant Energy-Houston Lighting & Power Company)
Criteria for defining the magnitude, characteristics and location of the reactive power are elaborated and applied in planning for VAR allocation and in operation for on-line VAR dispatching.
"Ablation Measurement Technique for Electrical Insulators" (T.L.King, supported by the Energy Lab)
Ablation rates and thresholds are important parameters that can aid in determining an insulator's suitability for high temperature applications such as high-current switches and circuit breaks. Ablation is defined as the loss of material due to incident thermal energy and occurs when the surface is exposed to a thermal flux of sufficient duration and intensity. In order to quantify these ablation rates and thresholds a plasma armature railgun is used. The armature reaches high temperatures and causes ablation of the bore material. The ablated products are accumulated in the armature, increasing its mass and lowering its acceleration. By studying the motion of the free-arc, the onset and rate of ablation can be determined.
"An Optical Rolling Wheel Deflectometer" (E. Mercado [North American Geotechnical Co.] and T. L. King, supported by NSF)
An optical measuring device is being developed to simultaneously measure the pavement surface profile and the deflection basin caused by the application of a heavy test wheel on standard road pavement. This system will increase the efficiency of pavement maintenance inspection by a factor of four or more. It will measure the entire deflection basin, rather than the single point measurements obtained by today's equipment.
The control systems laboratory has an analog Feedback Ltd. test system capable of designing and analyzing a hands-on position servo system. In addition, three new computer controlled systems developed by Education Control Products (ECP) have been acquired:
The power systems laboratory is provided with a Lab-Volt modular system which supports a wide range of experiments related to the transformers and electrical rotating machines, power transmission network components and control of industrial motors. Experiments involve testing, operation in a various loading and abnormal or fault conditions, and operation control for the given power components.
Also, the power system laboratory is provided with the most updated computers, recording and measuring equipment for defining the property of the high temperature superconductors (HTSC) potential applicable in power industry.