Intelligent failure-tolerant control

Robert F. Stengel

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An overview of failure-tolerant control is presented, beginning with robust control, progressing through parallel and analytical redundancy, and ending with rule-based systems and artificial neural networks. By design or implementation, failure-tolerant control systems are 'intelligent' systems. All failure-tolerant systems require some degree of robustness to protect against catastrophic failure; failure tolerance often can be improved by adaptivity in decision making and control, as well as by redundancy in measurement and actuation. Reliability, maintainability, and survivability can be enhanced by failure tolerance, although each objective poses different goals for control system design. Artificial intelligence concepts are helpful for integrating and codifying failure-tolerant control systems, not as alternatives but as adjuncts to conventional design methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProc 5 IEEE Int Symp Intell Control 90
PublisherPubl by IEEE
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)0818621087
StatePublished - 1990
EventProceedings of the 5th IEEE International Symposium on Intelligent Control 1990 - Philadelphia, PA, USA
Duration: Sep 5 1990Sep 7 1990

Publication series

NameProc 5 IEEE Int Symp Intell Control 90


OtherProceedings of the 5th IEEE International Symposium on Intelligent Control 1990
CityPhiladelphia, PA, USA

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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