Input-shaped control of gantry cranes: Simulation and curriculum development

Craig Forest, David Frakes, William Singhose

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

4 Scopus citations


Knowledge of vibrations and controls has increased significantly by utilizing emerging computer capabilities. Engineering education should embrace this technology through computer simulations that predict and display the dynamic response of interesting systems. For example, manipulating payloads with an overhead gantry crane can be challenging due to the oscillations induced by the crane motion. The problem gets increasingly difficult when the work environment is cluttered with obstacles. This paper describes a simple input shaping solution to the vibration problem and shows how this problem and concept were integrated into the curriculum of an undergraduate system dynamics and controls course at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Furthermore, an educational tool is used to gather data on how crane operators attempt to navigate around obstacles. The results show that input shaping reduces the likelihood of collisions between the payload and obstacles, while at the name time allowing operators to be more aggressive in selecting navigation paths.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
Number of pages8
Volume6 B
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes
Event18th Biennial Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise - Pittsburgh, PA, United States
Duration: Sep 9 2001Sep 12 2001


Other18th Biennial Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityPittsburgh, PA

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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