Control co-design of Renewable Energy Harvesting Systems
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Abstract: Many real-world systems are inherently multidisciplinary. In specific instances, the various disciplines within a system are bi-directionally coupled – changes in one variable affect the optimum value of another, and vice versa. In such cases, the simultaneous consideration of subsystem variables, often referred to as co-design, becomes imperative to prevent system suboptimality or constraint violations. Control co-design (CCD) addresses the simultaneous optimization of both the plant and controller of a system. Interestingly, we commonly observe instances of plant-controller coupling in most renewable energy technologies, necessitating the use of co-design frameworks for optimization. However, there are several challenges associated with concurrently optimizing the plant and control variables of a system. This presentation discusses some of the challenges I encountered during my research and the corresponding solution strategies.
Bio: Dr. Kartik Praful Naik, got his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University under the guidance of Dr. Chris Vermillion. His graduate research focused on energy-harvesting kite systems, specifically experimental validation, and system-level optimization tool development based on control co-design. He then joined the University of Michigan (U of M) as a postdoc under Prof. Jing Sun, focusing on hydrokinetic turbines. He also serves as the project manager for an ARPA-E project.
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