Boundary controllability of linear elastodynamic systems

B. M N Clarke*

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We consider the problem of controlling the motion of a linear elastodynamic system by the application of traction forces on a small subset of the boundary surface. We show that the system is boundary controllable in time T in the sense that the set of all states, reachable at time T from the zero state, is dense in the Hilbert space of finite energy states if T is greater than twice a certain time T2. We also show that the system is not boundary controllable in time T if T < 2T1 where T1 < T2. The boundary controllability problem is shown to be the dual of the boundary observability problem where we attempt to determine an initial state of an elastic system by observing the velocities on a subset of the boundary over a time interval (0, T).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)497-515
Number of pages19
JournalQuarterly Journal of Mechanics and Applied Mathematics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1975
Externally publishedYes


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