Panel flutter suppression by exact state transformations and feedback control using piezoelectric actuation is presented. A nonlinear control system is formulated for the nonlinear partial differential equation governing the dynamics of a simply supported rectangular panel with bonded piezoelectric layers based on the von Ka´rman large-deflection plate theory. Distributed piezoelectric actuators and sensors connected to processing networks are used as modal actuators and sensors to actively control panel vibrations. The control inputs are given by the electric fields required to drive the actuators based on piezoelectric actuation. Nonlinear feedback control laws are formulated through a transformation of the nonlinear system into an equivalent controllable linear system. The simulated results show that the resulting closed-loop system based on feedback linearized controllers effectively suppress panel flutter limit-cycle motions.

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