Optimal experiment design for identification of large space structures

D. S. Bayard, F. Y. Hadaegh, D. R. Meldrum

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This paper is concerned with optimal experiment design for on-orbit identification of modal frequency and damping parameters in large flexible space structures. The main result is a separation principle for D-optimal design which states that under certain conditions the sensor placement problem is decoupled from the input design problem. This decoupling effect significantly simplifies the overall optimal experiment design determination for large multi-input multi-output structural systems with many unknown modal parameters. The error from using the uncoupled design to be {cross ratio}(δ2) where δ is a measure of the inherent damping of the structure. A numerical example is given, demonstrating the usefulness of the simplified criteria in determining optimal designs for on-orbit Space Station identification experiments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)357-364
Number of pages8
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1988
Externally publishedYes


  • Identification
  • experiment design
  • flexible structures
  • input signal design
  • parameter estimation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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