Electrical Engineering
      and Computer Sciences

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences


UC Berkeley


2010 Research Summary

Distributed Identification of an Elastic Beam with Moving Load

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Ram Rajagopal, Pravin Varaiya and Ravneet Bajwa

Institute for Transportation Studies

We consider the model of a road as a Euler beam with an elastic foundation. The objective of the problem is to identify the parameters, such as weight, of a moving load on the road. One-dimensional and two-dimensional models for the dynamics are considered. Centralized as well as decentralized algorithms for identification and their performance analysis under a variety of uncertainty models are studied. The optimal placement of sensors will be addressed.

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