Award Date


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Electrical Engineering

First Committee Member

Sahjendra N. Singh

Number of Pages



The thesis presents the design of feedback control systems for a class of nonminimum phase single input-single output nonlinear systems. The linearized system is assumed to have one unstable zero. Since asymptotic or exact tracking of output trajectory cannot be accomplished, an approximate output is derived by neglecting the unstable zero. Based on the inversion of the new input-output map, a feedback linearizing control is derived; These results are applied to control an aeroelastic system and a small undersea vehicle. For pitch angle control and plunge motion regulation, an inverse control system is designed for the aeroelastic system. Simulation results are shown for the pitch controller and the design is found to be robust to variation in the parameters. Dive plane control of an undersea vehicle is accomplished using an inverse control law. To attenuate the effect of the surface waves, a servocompensator has been designed. Later, a controller is also designed using the sliding mode control technique, to make the system more robust.


Aeroelastic; Control; Feedback; Linearization; Nonminimum; Phase; System; Undersea; Vehicle

Controlled Subject

Aerospace engineering; Ocean engineering; Electrical engineering

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas


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