It is a well known fact that system parameters of the flexible structures keep on changing due to several reasons. Ordinary controllers lose their effectiveness in changed situations and do not guarantee the stability of the closed loop system. However, controllers designed based on robust control theory not only maintain the closed loop stability of the perturbed system with a large variation in system parameters but also maintain the best performance. H loop shaping controller is designed and implemented experimentally on a smart flexible beam treated with precompressed layer damping and ACLD treatment. It outperforms linear quadratic Gaussian and standard H controller both in terms of robust stability and robust performance. Relative merits and demerits of the μ-synthesis based controller are also discussed. Afterwards, these controllers were digitized at certain sampling frequencies and applied to the experimental flexible structure. Certain time domain parameters of the closed loop system discuss the relative superiority of these controllers which otherwise cannot be captured using frequency domain results alone.

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