9R10. Lyapunov-Based Control of Mechanical Systems. - MS de Queiroz (Dept of Mech Eng, Louisiana State Univ, Baton Rouge LA 70803-6413), DM Dawson, SP Nagarkatti, and Fumin Zhang (Dept of Elec and Comput Eng, Clemson Univ, Clemson SC 29634-0915). Birkhauser Boston, Cambridge MA. 2000. 316 pp. ISBN 0-8176-4086-X. $69.95.

Reviewed by J Bentsman (Dept of Mech and Indust Eng, MC-244, Univ of Illinois, 1206 W Green St, 140 Mech Eng Bldg, Urbana IL 61801).

This book is unique in taking a rigorous approach to controller synthesis for mechanical systems incorporating both flexible and rigid components and making it mathematically accessible to graduate students with relatively modest background. This approach is characterized by generating Lyapunov functions for the entire system using full distributed parameter description of the flexible part in terms of the partial differential equations (PDEs). The strong point of...

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