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Applied research

With an interdisciplinary and concurrent engineering approach, the Control and Energy Systems Center at Case Western Reserve University focuses on bridging the gap between fundamental research and applied industrial projects in Advanced Control and Systems Engineering, with special emphasis in energy innovation, wind energy, power systems, water treatment plants, sustainability, spacecraft, environmental and industrial applications. Fundamental research is conducted to gain knowledge and understanding on multi-input-multi-output systems, distributed parameter systems and nonlinear plants with uncertainty, and to develop new methodologies to design quantitative robust controllers to improve the efficiency and reliability of such systems.

Expertise

The CESC's expertise has been applied to real-world problems with industrial partners and space agencies in the following main areas:
- Multi-megawatt Onshore and Offshore Wind Turbines.
- Airborne Wind Energy Systems.
- Renewable Energy Plants, Advanced Energy Systems.
- Power System Dynamics and Control, Grid Integration, Energy Storage.
- Large Radio Telescope Control, Optical Telescope Control.
- Formation Flying Spacecraft, Satellites with Flexible Appendages.
- Wastewater Treatment Plants, Desalination Systems.
- Heating Systems, Fluid Dynamics.
- Robotics, Parallel Kinematics.

Capabilities

The CESC's capabilities and equipment include:
- Multiple laboratory scale wind turbines with a variety of collinear and orthogonal rotors, electrical generators, gearboxes, sensors, actuators and hierarchical real-time torque/pitch/yaw control systems.
- Lab-scale wind farms with flexible configurations.
- A small wind turbine blade manufacturing unit.
- An open wind tunnel to test our prototypes at wind speeds up to 20 m/s.
- State-of-the-art computer programs for comercial wind turbine design.
- A laboratory helicopter to test advanced control systems.
- Advanced software to design robust QFT control systems.
- Software for analysis and simulation of dynamic systems.

Acknowledgements

The Control and Energy Systems Center at Case Western Reserve University was established in 2009 with the support of the Milton and Tamar Maltz Family Foundation and the Cleveland Foundation.
[The Milton and Tamar Maltz Professorship in Energy Innovation].
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