A linear controller design procedure, which accounts for constraints on control effort, is developed by requiring that the control system utilize the maximum energy delivering capability of the final control elements under some specified test conditions (e.g., maximum step reference input). Results using this approach are available from previous studies for low-order single-input single-output controlled systems. This paper presents results for multi-input multi-output systems where the number of inputs is equal to the number of states. Both state variable feedback control for regulation, and integral plus state variable feedback control for tracking are considered and illustrated with an example problem.

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