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See detailShaping Pulses to Control Bistable Monotone Systems Using Koopman Operator
Sootla, Aivar; Mauroy, Alexandre UL; Goncalves, Jorge UL

in 10th IFAC Symposium on Nonlinear Control Systems (2016, August)

In this paper, we further develop a recently proposed control method to switch a bistable system between its steady states using temporal pulses. The motivation for using pulses comes from biomedical and ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we further develop a recently proposed control method to switch a bistable system between its steady states using temporal pulses. The motivation for using pulses comes from biomedical and biological applications (e.g. synthetic biology), where it is generally di cult to build feedback control systems due to technical limitations in sensing and actuation. The original framework was derived for monotone systems and all the extensions relied on monotone systems theory. In contrast, we introduce the concept of switching function which is related to eigenfunctions of the so-called Koopman operator subject to a xed control pulse. Using the level sets of the switching function we can (i) compute the set of all pulses that drive the system toward the steady state in a synchronous way and (ii) estimate the time needed by the ow to reach an epsilon neighborhood of the target steady state. Additionally, we show that for monotone systems the switching function is also monotone in some sense, a property that can yield e cient algorithms to compute it. This observation recovers and further extends the results of the original framework, which we illustrate on numerical examples inspired by biological applications. [less ▲]

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See detailA Shared Basis for Functional Modelling
Eisenbart, Boris UL; Gericke, Kilian UL; Blessing, Lucienne UL

in Proceedings of Norddesign 2012 (2012)

The presented research aims at contributing to a better understanding of the diverse functional modelling approaches proposed across disciplines, often involving more than one function model. The paper ... [more ▼]

The presented research aims at contributing to a better understanding of the diverse functional modelling approaches proposed across disciplines, often involving more than one function model. The paper presents a review of 41 systematic design approaches from different disciplines, analysing what is addressed by functional modelling at which point in the proposed development process, i.e. in which sequence, if any. The analysis aims at deriving potential commonalities across disciplines, which could support the development of an integrative functional modelling approach. Finally, the results of the analysis are discussed, concluding that while there seems to be no shared sequence in functional modelling across disciplines, a common base can be derived, with regard to what is prominently addressed by functional modelling in the different disciplines. [less ▲]

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See detailA short course on The Extended Finite Element Method
Fries, Thomas-Peter; Zilian, Andreas UL

Book published by CES University of Luxembourg - 1 (2013)

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See detailA short Survey on the Cyber Security in Control Systems
Bezzaoucha, Souad UL; Voos, Holger UL

Scientific Conference (2020, July)

In the present survey paper, we give a short, yet exhaustive state-of-the-art about the cyber-security applied to control systems, especially the event-based strategy. Indeed, in the past few years, due ... [more ▼]

In the present survey paper, we give a short, yet exhaustive state-of-the-art about the cyber-security applied to control systems, especially the event-based strategy. Indeed, in the past few years, due to a highest degree of connectivity in modern systems, new related control-specific cyber-physical systems security challengesarise and novel approaches integrating the cyber aspect are developed.Our goal in this paper is then to provide an overview of attack-modeling and security analysis approaches in recent works thatexplore networked control systems subject to cyber-attacks attacks. To this end, we look at the control, estimation, and modeling problems. [less ▲]

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See detailSignal control strategies in day-to-day dynamic process of combined traffic assignment and control
Huang, Wei; Viti, Francesco UL; Tampere, Chris M.J.

Scientific Conference (2013)

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See detailSignal phase and timing (spat) for cooperative public transport priority measures
Seredynski, Marcin; Viti, Francesco UL; Khadraoui, Djamel

Scientific Conference (2015, October)

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See detailSimple and extensible plate and shell finite element models through automatic code generation tools
Hale, Jack UL; Brunetti, Matteo; Bordas, Stéphane UL et al

in Computers & Structures (2018), 209

A large number of advanced finite element shell formulations have been developed, but their adoption is hindered by complexities of transforming mathematical formulations into computer code. Furthermore ... [more ▼]

A large number of advanced finite element shell formulations have been developed, but their adoption is hindered by complexities of transforming mathematical formulations into computer code. Furthermore, it is often not straightforward to adapt existing implementations to emerging frontier problems in thin structural mechanics including nonlinear material behaviour, complex microstructures, multi-physical couplings, or active materials. We show that by using a high-level mathematical modelling strategy and automatic code generation tools, a wide range of advanced plate and shell finite element models can be generated easily and efficiently, including: the linear and non-linear geometrically exact Naghdi shell models, the Marguerre-von K ́arm ́an shallow shell model, and the Reissner-Mindlin plate model. To solve shear and membrane-locking issues, we use: a novel re-interpretation of the Mixed Interpolation of Tensorial Component (MITC) procedure as a mixed-hybridisable finite element method, and a high polynomial order Partial Selective Reduced Integration (PSRI) method. The effectiveness of these approaches and the ease of writing solvers is illustrated through a large set of verification tests and demo codes, collected in an open-source library, FEniCS-Shells, that extends the FEniCS Project finite element problem solving environment. [less ▲]

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See detailA simple and robust computational homogenization approach for heterogeneous particulate composites
Bansal, Manik; Singh, I.V.; Patil, R.U. et al

in Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering (2019), 349

In this article, a computationally efficient multi-split MsXFEM is proposed to evaluate the elastic properties of heterogeneous materials. The multi-split MsXFEM is the combination of multi-split XFEM ... [more ▼]

In this article, a computationally efficient multi-split MsXFEM is proposed to evaluate the elastic properties of heterogeneous materials. The multi-split MsXFEM is the combination of multi-split XFEM with multiscale finite element methods (MsFEM). The multi-split XFEM is capable to model multiple discontinuities in a single element which leads to reduction in the number of mesh elements, whereas MsFEM helps in reducing the computational time. Strain energy based homogenization has been implemented on an RVE (having volume fraction of heterogeneities up to 50%) for evaluating the elastic properties. From macro-element size analysis, we estimate that the RVE edge length must be 5 times the edge length of the macro-element. The directional analysis has been performed to verify the isotropic behavior of the material, whereas contrast analysis has been done to check the numerical accuracy of the proposed scheme. A level set correction (LSC) based on higher order shape functions has been proposed to reduce mapping errors of level set values. It is also observed that multi-split MsXFEM is about 16 times computationally more efficient than MsXFEM for 50% volume of heterogeneities. [less ▲]

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See detailA simple and robust three-dimensional cracking-particle method without enrichment
Rabczuk, T.; Zi, G.; Bordas, Stéphane UL et al

in Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics & Engineering (2010), 199(37-40), 2437-2455

A new robust and efficient approach for modeling discrete cracks in meshfree methods is described. The method is motivated by the cracking-particle method (Rabczuk T., Belytschko T., International Journal ... [more ▼]

A new robust and efficient approach for modeling discrete cracks in meshfree methods is described. The method is motivated by the cracking-particle method (Rabczuk T., Belytschko T., International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, 2004) where the crack is modeled by a set of cracked segments. However, in contrast to the above mentioned paper, we do not introduce additional unknowns in the variational formulation to capture the displacement discontinuity. Instead, the crack is modeled by splitting particles located on opposite sides of the associated crack segments and we make use of the visibility method in order to describe the crack kinematics. We apply this method to several two- and three-dimensional problems in statics and dynamics and show through several numerical examples that the method does not show any "mesh" orientation bias. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. [less ▲]

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See detailA simple error estimator for extended finite elements
Bordas, Stéphane UL; Duflot, Marc; Le, Phong

in Communications in Numerical Methods in Engineering (2008), 24(11), 961-971

This short communication presents the idea of an a posteriori error estimate for enriched (extended) finite elements (XFEM). The enhanced strain field against which the XFEM strains are compared, is ... [more ▼]

This short communication presents the idea of an a posteriori error estimate for enriched (extended) finite elements (XFEM). The enhanced strain field against which the XFEM strains are compared, is computed through extended moving least-squares smoothing constructed using the diffraction method to preserve the discontinuity. The error estimator is the L2 norm of the difference of the XFEM strain with the enhanced strain. We prove the concept of the proposed method on a 1D example with a singular solution and a 2D fracture mechanics example and conclude with some future work based on our paradigm. [less ▲]

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See detailA simple mass-action model for the eukaryotic heat shock response and its mathematical validation
Petre, Ion; Mizera, Andrzej UL; Hyder, Claire L. et al

in Natural Computing (2011), 10(1), 595-612

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See detailSimulating topological changes in real time for surgical assistance
Bordas, Stéphane UL; Kerfriden, Pierre; Courtecuisse, Hadrien et al

Speeches/Talks (2016)

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See detailSimulation of Shear Deformable Plates using Meshless Maximum Entropy Basis Functions
Hale, Jack UL; Baiz, P. M.

Scientific Conference (2011, June)

First-order Shear Deformable Plate Theory (FSDT) is widely used throughout engineering practice to simulate structures with planar dimensions much larger than their thickness. Meshless methods have seen ... [more ▼]

First-order Shear Deformable Plate Theory (FSDT) is widely used throughout engineering practice to simulate structures with planar dimensions much larger than their thickness. Meshless methods have seen use in the literature as a method for discretising the FSDT equations and hold numerous advantages over traditional mesh based techniques. A recent advance in the area of meshless methods are Maximum Entropy approximants (MaxEnt). MaxEnt combines many properties of various prior meshless approximants such as a weak Kronecker-delta property, seamless blending with Delaunay triangulations, high continuity, and convexity. In this work MaxEnt along with other meshless approximants have been implemented in a hybrid object-oriented Python/C++/Fortran computer simulation for the simulation of static deflection, free vibration and linear buckling of FSDT plates. The relative performance and ease of implementation of each of the methods will be discussed. The causes of shear locking along with the merits of various alleviation techniques will be covered, including matching fields method, mixed-variational formulations and construction of higher order polynomial basis via both intrinsic and extrinsic (partition of unity) methods. Convergence results show that MaxEnt provides in most cases similar and in some cases superior behaviour to MLS and RPIM approximants when used to discretise the FSDT equations. [less ▲]

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See detailA simulation-based design paradigm for complex cast components
Bordas, Stéphane UL; Conley, James. G.; Moran, Brian et al

in Engineering with Computers (2007), 23(1), 25-37

This paper describes and exercises a new design paradigm for cast components. The methodology integrates foundry process simulation, non-destructive evaluation (NDE), stress analysis and damage tolerance ... [more ▼]

This paper describes and exercises a new design paradigm for cast components. The methodology integrates foundry process simulation, non-destructive evaluation (NDE), stress analysis and damage tolerance simulations into the design process. Foundry process simulation is used to predict an array of porosity-related anomalies. The probability of detection of these anomalies is investigated with a radiographic inspection simulation tool (XRSIM). The likelihood that the predicted array of anomalies will lead to a failure is determined by a fatigue crack growth simulation based on the extended finite element method and therefore does not require meshing nor remeshing as the cracks grow. With this approach, the casting modeling provides initial anomaly information, the stress analysis provides a value for the critical size of an anomaly and the NDE assessment provides a detectability measure. The combination of these tools allows for accept/reject criteria to be determined at the early design stage and enables damage tolerant design philosophies. The methodology is applied to the design of a cast monolithic door used on the Boeing 757 aircraft. [less ▲]

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See detailSimultaneous Analysis of Strongly-Coupled Composite Energy Harvester-Circuit Systems Driven by Fluid-Structure Interaction
Zilian, Andreas UL; Ravi, Srivathsan UL

Scientific Conference (2016, July 27)

A specific class of energy harvester devices is investigated, that allow conversion of ambient fluid flow energy to electrical energy via flow-induced vibrations [1] of a piezo-ceramic composite structure ... [more ▼]

A specific class of energy harvester devices is investigated, that allow conversion of ambient fluid flow energy to electrical energy via flow-induced vibrations [1] of a piezo-ceramic composite structure positioned in the flow field. Potentially harmful flow fluctuations are harnessed to provide independent power supply to small electrical devices [2]. Such concept simultaneously involves the interaction of a composite structure and a surrounding fluid, the electric charge accumulated in the piezo-ceramic material and a controlling electrical circuit. In order to predict the efficiency and operational properties of these devices and to increase their robustness and performance, a predictive model of the complex physical system allows systematic computational investigation of the involved phenomena and coupling characteristics. A monolithic approach is proposed that provides simultaneous modelling and analysis of the harvester, which involves surface-coupled fluid-structure interaction, volume-coupled electro mechanics and a controlling energy harvesting circuit for applications in energy harvesting. A three dimensional space-time finite element approximation [3] is used for numerical solution of the weighted residual form of the governing equations of the flow-driven piezoelectric energy-harvesting device. This method enables time-domain investigation of different types of structures (plate, shells) subject to exterior/interior flow with varying cross sections, material compositions, and attached electrical circuits with respect to the electrical power output generated [4]. The space-time finite element model presented incorporates a novel method to enforce equipotentiality on the electrodes covering the piezoelectric patches, making the charge unknowns naturally appear in the formulation [5]. This enables to adapt any type of electrical circuit added to the electromechanical problem. [less ▲]

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See detailSimultaneous finite element analysis of circuit-integrated piezoelectric energy harvesting from fluid-structure interaction
Ravi, Srivathsan; Zilian, Andreas UL

in Mechanical Systems & Signal Processing (2019), 114

Flow-driven piezoelectric energy harvesting is a strongly coupled multiphysics phenomenon that involves complex three-way interaction between the fluid flow, the electromechanical effect of the ... [more ▼]

Flow-driven piezoelectric energy harvesting is a strongly coupled multiphysics phenomenon that involves complex three-way interaction between the fluid flow, the electromechanical effect of the piezoelectric material mounted on a deformable substrate structure and the controlling electrical circuit. High fidelity computational solution approaches are essential for the analysis of flow-driven energy harvesters in order to capture the main physical aspects of the coupled problem and to accurately predict the power output of a harvester. While there are some phenomenological and numerical models for flow-driven harvesters reported in the literature, a fully three-dimensional strongly coupled model has not yet been developed, especially in the context of flow-driven energy harvesting. The weighted residuals method is applied to establish a mixed integral equation describing the incompressible Newtonian flow, elastic substrate structure, piezoelectric patch, equipotential electrode and attached electric circuit that form the multiphysics fluid-structure interaction problem. A monolithic numerical solution method is derived that provides consistent and simultaneous solution to all physical fields as well as to fluid mesh deformation. The approximate solution is based on a mixed space-time finite element discretization with static condensation of the auxiliary fields. The discontinuous Galerkin method is utilized for integrating the monolithic model in time. The proposed solution scheme is illustrated in the example of a lid driven cavity with a flexible piezoelectric bottom wall, demonstrating quantification of the amount of electrical energy extractable from fluid flow by means of a piezoelectric harvester device. The results indicate that in order to make reliable predictions on the power output under varying operational states, the realization of strong multiphysics coupling is required for the mathematical model as well as the numerical solution scheme to capture the characteristics of flow-driven energy harvesters. [less ▲]

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See detailSimultaneous State and False-Data Injection Attacks Reconstruction for NonLinear Systems: an LPV Approach
Bezzaoucha, Souad UL; Voos, Holger UL

in Bezzaoucha, Souad (Ed.) International Conference on Automation, Control and Robots (2019, October)

The present contribution addresses simultaneous state and actuator/sensor false-data injection attacks reconstruction for nonlinear systems. The considered actuator/sensor attacks are modeled as time ... [more ▼]

The present contribution addresses simultaneous state and actuator/sensor false-data injection attacks reconstruction for nonlinear systems. The considered actuator/sensor attacks are modeled as time-varying parameters with a multiplicative effect on the actuator input signal and the sensor output signal, respectively. Based on the sector non-linearity approach and the convex polytopic transformation, the nonlinear model is written in a Linear Parameter-Varying (LPV) form, then an observer allowing both state and attack reconstruction is designed by solving an LMI optimization problem. [less ▲]

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See detailSingular spectrum analysis for modeling seasonal signals from GPS time series
Chen, Qiang; van Dam, Tonie UL; Sneeuw, Nico et al

in Journal of Geodynamics (2013), 72

Seasonal signals in GPS time series are of great importance for understanding the evolution of regional mass fluctuations, i.e., ice, hydrology, and ocean mass. Conventionally these signals quasi-annual ... [more ▼]

Seasonal signals in GPS time series are of great importance for understanding the evolution of regional mass fluctuations, i.e., ice, hydrology, and ocean mass. Conventionally these signals quasi-annual and semi-annual signals are modeled by least-squares fitting harmonic terms with a constant amplitude and phase. In reality, however, such seasonal signals are modulated, i.e., they will have a time-variable amplitude and phase. Recently, Davis et al.(2012) proposed a Kalman filter based approach to capture the stochastic seasonal behavior of geodetic time series. Singular Spectrum Analysis (SSA) is a non-parametric method, which uses time domain data to extract information from short and noisy time series without a priori knowledge of the dynamics affecting the time series. A prominent benefit is that trends obtained in this way are not necessarily linear. Further, true oscillations can be amplitude and phase modulated. In this work, we will assess the value of SSA for extracting time-variable seasonal signals from GPS time series. We compare our SSA-based results to those obtained using 1) least-squares analysis and 2) Kalman filtering. Our results demonstrate that SSA is a viable and complementary tool for extracting modulated oscillations from GPS time series. [less ▲]

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See detailSkew-symmetric Nitsche’s formulation in isogeometric analysis: Dirichlet and symmetry conditions, patch coupling and frictionless contact
Hu, Qingyuan; Chouly, Franz; Hu, Ping et al

in Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering (2018), 341

A simple skew-symmetric Nitsche’s formulation is introduced into the framework of isogeometric analysis (IGA) to deal with various problems in small strain elasticity: essential boundary conditions ... [more ▼]

A simple skew-symmetric Nitsche’s formulation is introduced into the framework of isogeometric analysis (IGA) to deal with various problems in small strain elasticity: essential boundary conditions, symmetry conditions for Kirchhoff plates, patch coupling in statics and in modal analysis as well as Signorini contact conditions. For linear boundary or interface conditions, the skew-symmetric formulation is parameter-free. For contact conditions, it remains stable and accurate for a wide range of the stabilization parameter. Several numerical tests are performed to illustrate its accuracy, stability and convergence performance. We investigate particularly the effects introduced by Nitsche’s coupling, including the convergence performance and condition numbers in statics as well as the extra “outlier” frequencies and corresponding eigenmodes in structural dynamics. We present the Hertz test, the block test, and a 3D self-contact example showing that the skew-symmetric Nitsche’s formulation is a suitable approach to simulate contact problems in IGA. [less ▲]

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See detailSmart Cities, ‚big politics‘ und die Privatisierung der urbanen Governance
Carr, Constance UL; Hesse, Markus UL

Article for general public (2019)

Die Diskussion über Smart Cities hat in den letzten Jahren einen regelrechten Hype in Stadtpolitik, -forschung und -wirtschaft hervorgebracht. Die digitale Optimierung von Gebäuden, Quartieren oder ganzen ... [more ▼]

Die Diskussion über Smart Cities hat in den letzten Jahren einen regelrechten Hype in Stadtpolitik, -forschung und -wirtschaft hervorgebracht. Die digitale Optimierung von Gebäuden, Quartieren oder ganzen Stadträumen, so könnte man Smart Cities definieren, hat auch Luxemburg erfasst. Während das Wirtschaftsministerium die Vision einer intelligenten digitalen Spezialisierung verfolgt, präsentiert sich die Hauptstadt seit geraumer Zeit als Bühne der Smart City. Als Kontrast zu diesen Bildern analysieren wir ein prominentes Beispiel, das die Vision einer kontrollierten, technologisch und ökonomisch durchoptimierten Stadt vermittelt – Quayside, das Konversionsprojekt der Alphabet Inc. in Torontos Hafengebiet. [less ▲]

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