Dissipation and Controlled Euler-Poincaré Systems

Woolsey, C., A. M. Bloch, N. E. Leonard and J. E. Marsden

2001 Conference on Decision and Control
Orlando, FL, December 2001, 3378-3383


The method of controlled Lagrangians is a technique for stabilizing underactuated mechanical systems which involves modifying a system's energy and dynamic structure through feedback. These modifications can obscure the effect of physical dissipation in the closed-loop. For example, generic damping can destabilize an equilibrium which is closed-loop stable for a conservative system model. In this paper, we consider the effect of damping on Euler-Poincaré (special reduced Lagrangian) systems which have been stabilized about an equilibrium using the method of controlled Lagrangians. We describe a choice of feedback dissipation which asymptotically stabilizes a sub-class of controlled Euler-Poincaré systems subject to physical damping. As an example, we consider intermediate axis rotation of a damped rigid body with a single internal rotor.