Atta Oveisi, Tamara Nestorović

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In this paper, a robust control technique based on μ-synthesis is employed in order to investigate the vibration control of a funnel-shaped structure that is used as the inlet of a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) device. MRI devices are widely subjected to the vibration of the magnetic gradient coil which then propagates to acoustic noise and leads to a series of clinical and mechanical problems. In order to address this issue and as a part of noise cancellation study in MRI devices, distributed piezo-transducers are bounded on the top surface of the funnel as functional sensor/actuator modules. Then, a reduced order linear time-invariant (LTI) model of the piezolaminated structure in the state-space representation is estimated by means of a predictive error minimization (PEM) algorithm as a subspace identification method based on the trust-region-reflective technique. The reduced order model is expanded by the introduction of appropriate frequency-dependent weighting functions that address the unmodeled dynamics and the augmented multiplicative modeling uncertainties of the system. Then, the standard D-K iteration algorithm as an output-feedback control method is used based on the nominal model with the subordinate uncertainty elements from the previous step. Finally, the proposed control system implemented experimentally on the real structure is to evaluate the robust vibration attenuation performance of the closed-loop system.


μ-synthesis, MRI Scanning Device, Robust Vibration Control, Subspace System Identification

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