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Attitude Control for Optimal Generation of Energy From Multiple Energy Sources

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2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


San Antonio, Texas

Publication Date

June 10, 2012

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June 10, 2012

End Date

June 13, 2012



Conference Session

Design in Engineering Education Poster Session

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Design in Engineering Education

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25.239.1 - 25.239.15



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Ricardo G. Sanfelice University of Arizona

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Ricardo G. Sanfelice is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Arizona. He is also an Affiliate Member at the Program in Applied Mathematics, University of Arizona. He received the B.S. degree in electronics engineering from the Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, in 2001. He joined the Center for Control, Dynamical Systems, and Computation at the University of California, Santa Barbara, in 2002, where he received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in 2004 and 2007, respectively. During 2007 and 2008, he was a Postdoctoral Associate at the Laboratory for Information and Decision Systems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He visited the Centre Automatique et Systemes at the Ecole de Mines de Paris for four months. He is the recipient of the National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award, the Air Force Young Investigator Research Award (YIP), and the 2010 IEEE Control Systems Magazine Outstanding Paper Award. He was an Air Force Summer Faculty Fellow in 2010 and 2011. His research interests are in modeling, stability, robust control, observer design, and simulation of nonlinear and hybrid systems with applications to power systems, aerospace, and biology.

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Giampiero Campa MathWorks

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Giampiero Campa received both the laurea degree in electrical engineering (1996) and the Ph.D. degree in robotics and automation (2000) from the University of Pisa, Italy. He has also worked at the Industrial Control Centre, Strathclyde University, U.K., (1995) and at the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, USA (1999). From 2000 to
2008, he has served as faculty in the Flight Control Group at the Department of Aerospace Engineering, West Virginia University. His research at WVU involved adaptive and nonlinear control, system identification, fault tolerant systems, sensor fusion, and machine vision, with UAVs being the typical application. Since Jan. 2009 he works for MathWorks as the Technical Evangelist for the USA west coast area.

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Manuel Abraham Robles University of Arizona

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Attitude Control for Optimal Generation of Energy From Multiple Energy SourcesAs renewable energy becomes more widely available, a need for autonomous andstandalone systems in remote locations will increase. However, the margins for energycollection are still low; the most efficient solar cells only achieve 40% efficiency. Tomaximize energy collection, it is necessary to create smart controllers to achieve optimalenergy collection and minimize operational power requirements. In this paper, wepropose a prototype and associated algorithms for control education usingMatlab/Simulink based on energy generation from solar and wind sources. It consists of acomputer-controlled collector of solar and wind energy sources. Using an Arduinoembedded system, two modules consisting of a solar and wind collector mounted to therotating base are individually controlled via a hardware-in-the-loop architectureinterfacing with Matlab. A control law is designed for each module to maximize energycollection using hybrid control theory. The educational integration of this system will bein three control education courses in the Aerospace and Mechanical EngineeringDepartment at the University of Arizona. The introduction of this real-life renewableenergy challenge in these courses will provide a practical application to solve usingclassroom theory.

Sanfelice, R. G., & Campa, G., & Robles, M. A. (2012, June), Attitude Control for Optimal Generation of Energy From Multiple Energy Sources Paper presented at 2012 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, San Antonio, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--20999

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