Multi-Agent Control Approach to the Stability of Linear Deployable Systems
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Collisions and undesired dynamic responses may occur during the expansion phase of deployable elements on a spacecraft. This problem is more pronounced in large and complex deployable elements where characterization of transient dynamics using testing and simulation can be challenging. This paper introduces a multi-agent control theory approach to address the problem of collisions and transient behavior in deployable lattice systems. We introduce the graph theoretic and relative error vector-based state-space structures to represent the geometry of a lattice-based deploy system. We show that under the assumption of almost-strict dissipativity, the closed-loop feedback gains of the relative error dynamics are the spring and damper constants in the structure. Moreover, we introduce the control perspective of shaping transient dynamics using eigenstructure assignment and balanced coordinate transformation.