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Fault-tolerant Control and some Applications

Fault-tolerant control is the synonym for a set of recent techniques that were developed to increase plant availability and reduce the risk of safety hazards. The aim is to prevent that simple faults develop into serious failure. This is obtained through on-line fault diagnosis, automatic condition assessment and calculation of appropriate remedial actions to avoid certain consequences of a fault. The seminar introduces tools to analyze and explore structure and other fundamental properties of an automated system to determine whether fault-tolerance could be obtained and redundancy in the controlled process would be fully utilized. The lecture presents resent examples from applications: the Danish Ørsted satellite, ship navigation and control of induction motors.
Type of Seminar:
Public Seminar
Prof. Mogens Blanke
Department of Control Engineering, Aalborg University, Denmark
Apr 03, 2000   17:15

ETH-Zentrum, ETZ E8, Gloriastrasse 35, 8006 Zurich
Contact Person:

Prof. A. Glattfelder
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Biographical Sketch:
Mogens Blanke received the M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in automatic control from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). He was a systems analyst at the European Space Agency in the Netherlands in 1975-76, assistant and later associate professor of control engineering at DTU from 1976 to 1985. Industrial experience was gained from five years with the Automation Company Søren T. Lyngsø A/S from 1985 until 1990 where main activities were ship wide integrated control and diesel engine control. Since 1990, he has been professor of Control Engineering at Aalborg University, Denmark, where he started a research group in autonomous systems and fault-tolerant control, an activity that includes an aerospace systems laboratory. From May this year, he returns to DTU as Professor of Automatic Control. Mogens Blanke's research interests include identification and control for continuous time, non-linear systems, estimation and fault detection, and design methods for fault-tolerant control. Particular application interests are spacecraft attitude control, automatic steering and roll damping for ships, and marine propulsion systems control. Mogens Blanke is active within IFAC and started the Working Group on Marine Systems in 1986. He was chairman of the Technical Committee of Marine Systems from 1990-1996 and chair of the Co-ordination Committee for Transportation Systems and Vehicles, which includes the aerospace committee. He is presently a member of the IFAC counsel.