Selected Publications

Articles In Academic Journals

Year Title
2011 On the Influence of Structural Flexibility on Feedback Control Stability for Magnetically Suspended VehiclesJ. Dyn. Sys., Meas., Control. 7 pages.
1998 Teaching Vibration Analysis using Symbolic Computation SoftwareThe International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education.
1997 Broadband Dynamic Modification Using Feedforward Contro;ASME Journal of Dynamic Systems Measurement and Control. 700-706.
1996 Controlling the Nonlinear Dynamics of Gantry CranesMachine Vibration. 197-210.
1995 Design and Analysis of Fiber Enhanced Viscoelastic Damping PolymersJournal of Vibration and Acoustics. 398-404.
1995 Dissipative Controllers for Nonlinear Multibody Flexible Space SystemsAIAA Journal of Guidance Control Dynamics. 1044-1052.
1995 Dynamic Dissipative Compensators for Multibody Flexible Space StructuresIEEE Transactions on Aerospace and Electronic Systems. 1325-1330.
1995 Experimental Verification of Transfer Functions for a Slewing Piezoelectric Laminate BeamIFAC Journal of Control Engineering Practice. 163-170.
1995 Passivity-Based Controllers for Flexible Multibody SystemsIEEE Transactions on Automatic Control. 910-914.
1992 Dynamic Analysis to Evaluate Viscoelastic Passive Damping Augmentation for the Space Shuttle Remote Manipulator SystemASME Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement and Control. 468-475.
1992 Dynamic Scaling of Flexible Structures with Viscoelastic ComponentsASME Journal of Vibration and Acoustics. 449-453.
1991 Observations on the Nature of Transfer Functions for Control of Piezoelectric LaminatesJournal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures. 528-541.
1986 Design Strategies for High Speed, Lightweight RobotsComputers in Mechanical Engineering. 26-33.
1986 Modeling and Control of Flexible ManipulatorsSME Transactions - Manufacturing Technology Review. 134-144.

Conference Papers

Year Title
2011 , De-Centralized and Centralized Control for EMS MAGLEV System Levitation and Guidance
2010 Maglev-Girder Interaction for Centralized and De-Centralized Controllers
2008 Model Validation of a Magnetic Ball Levitation System
2008 Modeling and Experimental Validation of an EMS Demonstration Vehicle.  105-110.
2008 Stable Levitation Control of Magnetically Suspended Vehicles with Structural Flexibility.  4035-4040.
2006 Investigation of an Inexpensive Piezoelectric Pressure Sensor for Internal Combustion Engine Spark Timing Control.  Paper Number : 2006.
2006 On the influence of structural flexibility on feedback control system stability for EMS Maglev vehicles.  331-336.
2005 Effects of Track Irregularities on Dynamic Responses of a Moving Maglev Train.  Paper Number : 2005.
2002 Considerations for Integral Bearing Health Monitoring Solutions
2002 Load Measurements for Event Based Prognostication of Rolling Element Bearing Life
1998 A Comparison of Placement Choice for Piezoelectric Actuator in Active Vibration Control.  155-159.
1998 Appending a Synthetic Mode to Compensate for Truncated Modes in Colocated Control.  1976-1980.
1998 Review and Implementation Considerations for Broadband Dynamic Modification Using Feedforward Control.  547-550.
1998 Robust Control for a Flexible Manipulator Using H Synthesis.  365-372.
1997 Teaching Vibration Analysis using Symbolic Computation Software.  1400-1401.
1995 Broadband Dynamic Modification Using Feedforward Control.  735-744.
1993 Control of a Flexible Slewing Link with Active Damping
1993 Development and Experimental Verification of Multivariable Transfer Functions for a Slewing Piezoelectric Laminate Beam
1993 Experimental Verification of Multivariable Transfer Functions for a Slewing Piezoelectric Laminate Beam.  515-518.
1993 Experimental Verification of Slewing Piezoelectric Laminate Beam Transfer Functions, with Both Minimum Phase and Non-minimum Phase Zeros.  349-359.
1993 Global Asymptotic Stability of Dynamic Dissipative Compensators for Multibody Flexible Space Structures.  1277-1281.
1993 Investigation of Damping Properties for Fiber Enhanced Viscoelastic Damping Polymers
1993 Simultaneously Optimal Active and Passive Control Design for a Slewing Piezoelectric and Viscoelastic Laminate Beam.  693-704.
1992 An Approach to Teaching Control System Design and Application.  468-472.
1992 Asymptotic Stability of Dissipative Compensators for Multibody Systems in the Presence of Actuator/Sensor Nonlinearities.  35-38.
1992 CSI Design of Articulated Space Structures.  307-315.
1992 Experiments in Control of Flexible Beam with Modified Outputs.  222-230.
1992 Globally Stabilizing Controllers for Flexible Multibody Systems.  2856-2859.
1992 Multivariable Transfer Functions for a Slewing Piezoelectric Laminate Beam
1991 Dynamic Analysis to Evaluate Viscoelastic Passive Damping Augmentation for the Space Shuttle Remote Manipulator System.  35-41.
1991 Transfer Function Analysis for a Flexible Beam with Piezoelectric Film Actuators and Sensors.  64-77.
1991 Two-Time Scale Control for an Arm with Joint and Link Compliance.  136-146.
1990 A Versatile Robot Control Architecture using Off-the- Shelf General Purpose Components
1990 Computing Maximum Tracking Error Due to Payload Dynamics.  851-855.
1990 Dynamic Analysis and Evaluation of the Space Shuttle Remote Manipulator System
1990 Experiments with Endpoint Control of a Flexible Link Using the Inverse Dynamics Approach and Passive Damping.  350-355.
1990 On the Effectiveness of Section Length Optimization for Constrained Viscoelastic Layer Damping Treatments.  274-286.
1990 Transfer Functions for Piezoelectric Control of a Flexible Beam.  381-391.
1989 Comparison of Joint Space Versus Task Space Load Distribution Optimization for a Multi-Arm Manipulator System.  431-443.
1988 Automation and Robotics Considerations for a Lunar Base
1988 Force Control of a Multi-Arm Robot System.  1490-1496.
1987 Progress in High-Speed Light-Weight Motion Control
1987 Progress in High-Speed Light-Weight Motion Control (Invited Paper)
1987 Reducing Model Uncertainty Effects in Flexible Manipulators Through the Addition of Passive Damping.  307-316.
1986 Experiments in Augmenting Active Control of a Flexible Structure with Passive Damping
1986 On the Transfer Function Modeling of Flexible Structures with Distributed Damping
1986 On the Transfer Function Modeling of Flexible Structures with Distributed Damping (Invited Paper)
1985 Combined Approaches to Lightweight Arm Utilization.  97-108.
1985 Experiments in Optimal Control of a Flexible Arm with Passive Damping.  423-435.
1985 Flexible Manipulator Arms Using Active and Passive Control.  68.
1984 The Effects of Elevated Temperature and Pressure upon Erosion and Scale Removal by Submerged Cavitating Jets.  589-600.

Grants

  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVS) for coastal resources and hazards  awarded by VA Space Grant Consortium 2017
  • Graduate Student Support 2008 - 2010
  • 2008-09, Demonstrate Maglev M3 (Magnetic Leviation train) on ODU Guideway, Ridership study  awarded by MagneMotion, Inc 2008 - 2009
  • Demonstrate Maglev M3 on ODU Guideway  awarded by MagneMotion, Inc 2008 - 2009
  • Demonstrate Maglev M3 on ODU Guideway: Phase I  awarded by MagneMotion, Inc. & FTA 2008 - 2009
  • M3 Maglev on the ODU Guideway  awarded by MagneMotion Inc. - 2009
  • The Urban Maglev Project at Old Dominion University  awarded by US Department of Transportation (FRA) 2002 - 2005
  • Electromagnetic Rotational Power Harvester  awarded by Oceana Sensor Technologies and VA Center for Innovative Technology. 2002
  • Sensor Assembly Automation  awarded by Oceana Sensor Technologies and VA Center for Innovative Technology. 2001 - 2002
  • Bearing Load Health Monitoring Sensors  awarded by Oceana Sensor Technologies and VA Center for Innovative Technology 2001
  • Integrated Sensor System for Load and Condition Assesment  awarded by Oceana Sensor Technologies and VA Center for Innovative Technology. 2000
  • Verification and Testing of the TrueLock Bolt Device  awarded by TrueLock Bolt Company and TAC. 2000
  • Automation of Accelerometer Production Line  awarded by Oceana Sensor Technologies and TAC. 1999 - 2000
  • Smart Sensor Program Software Development; Amendment 1  awarded by Oceana Sensor Technologies and TAC. 1999 - 2000
  • Smart Sensor Program Software Development  awarded by Oceana Sensor Technologies and TAC. 1999
  • Advanced Combustion Pressure Sensor and Engine Diagnostic/Control Technology for Diesel Engines  awarded by Oceana Sensor Technologies and VA Center for Innovative Technology. 1998
  • Low Cost Piston Engine Health Monitoring and Control System for General Aviation  awarded by ViGYAN Inc., Oceana Sensor Technologies and VA Center for Innovative Technology. 1998
  • Development and Implementation of Boeing 757 Guidance and Control Laws  awarded by ViGYAN Inc. and VA Center for Innovative Technology. 1996 - 1997
  • End-Point Control Units for Robot Arms with Flexible Gear Trains  awarded by ASEE Summer Faculty Fellowship, NASA Langley Research Center, GCD-Spacecraft Controls Branch. 1996
  • Time Domain Implementations of Generalized Frequency Domain Filters,  awarded by NASA Langley Research Center, ACOD Structural Acoustics Branch, Contract NAS1-19858-75 1995 - 1996
  • Simultaneous Passive and Active Dissipation Mechanisms in a Gantry Crane and Spreader System  awarded by UK Science and Engineering Research Council, Contract GR/J97946 1994 - 1995
  • Broadband Implementation of Feedforward Control for Dynamic Modification  awarded by NASA Langley Research Center, ACOD Structural Acoustics Branch, Contract NAS1-19858-50 1994
  • Active Control Design for the FJSRL Slewing Piezoelectric Laminate Beam, AFOSR Summer Graduate Student Research Program, Conducted at the US Air Force Academy, Frank J. Syler Laboratories.  awarded by AFOSR Summer Graduate Student Research Program, Conducted at the US Air Force Academy, Frank J. Syler Laboratories. 1993
  • Active and Passive Control Designs for the FJSRL Flexible Structure Testbeds  awarded by US Air Force, AFSOR Research Initiation Program, Contract RDL 93-156. 1992 - 1993
  • Advanced Control Law Designs for Flexible Spacecraft  awarded by NASA Langley Research Center, GCD Spacecraft Controls Branch, Contract NAS1-19858-9. 1992 - 1993
  • Graphite Fiber Enhancement of Viscoelastic Damping Polymers  awarded by 3M Corporation 1992 - 1993
  • Identification and Design of Nonlinear Control Systems Using Real-Time Neural Network  awarded by ISD Automation Technology Branch, Contract NAS1-18584-146. 1992
  • Multivariable Transfer Functions and Optimal Passive Damping for a Slewing Piezoelectric Laminate Beam  awarded by AFOSR Summer Faculty Research Program, Conducted at the US Air Force Academy, Frank J. Syler Laboratories. 1992
  • Mathematical Modeling and Control of Flexible Spacecraft Systems  awarded by NASA Langley Research Center, GCD Spacecraft Controls Branch, Contract NAS1-18584-126 1991 - 1992
  • Hand Controller Evaluation Experiment Subjects  awarded by NASA Langley Research Center, ISD Automation Technology Branch, Contract NAS1-18584-91 1990 - 1991
  • Mathematical Modeling and Control of Flexible Spacecraft Systems  awarded by NASA Langley Research Center, GCD Spacecraft Controls Branch, Contract NAS1-18584-81 1990 - 1991
  • Viscoelastic Damping of Torsional Vibrations  awarded by NASA Langley Research Center, Graduate Student Researchers Program, Underrepresented Minority Focus, Contract NGT-70124 SUPP #1 1990 - 1991
  • Piezoelectric Damping of Flexible Structures  awarded by National Science Foundation, Creativity in Engineering Award program, Contract ENG-8811633 1989 - 1991
  • Influence of Joint Non-Linearities on the Control of Manipulators  awarded by NASA Langley Research Center, ISD Automation Technology Branch, Contract NAS1-18584-79 1990
  • Modeling and Control for Articulated Flexible Space Structures  awarded by NASA Langley Research Center, GCD Spacecraft Controls Branch, Contract NAS1-18584-81 1990
  • Viscoelastic Damping of Torsional Vibrations  awarded by NASA Langley Research Center, Graduate Student Researchers Program, Underrepresented Minority Focus, Contract NGT-70124 1989 - 1990
  • Passive Damping Augmentation for Space Manipulators  awarded by NASA, Space Station Office with cost sharing from 3M Corporation, Contract NAS1-18687 1988 - 1990
  • Force Control of Multiple Coordinated Manipulators: Extension and Considerations for Space Applications  awarded by NASA Langley Research Center, ISD Automation Technology Branch, Contract NAS1-18584-52 1989
  • Force Control of Multiple Manipulators: Implementation and Refinement  awarded by NASA Langley Research Center, ISD Automation Technology Branch, Contract NAS1-18584-15 1988
  • Force Control of Multiple Coordinated Manipulators  awarded by NASA Langley Research Center, ISD Automation Technology Branch, Contract NAS1-17993-67 1987
  • Programmable Robot Controller for Laboratory Research  awarded by NASA Langley Research Center, ISD Automation Technology Branch, Contract NAS1-17993-68 1987
  • Education And Training

  • Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aerospace Eng., Dynamics and Controls, Vibrations, Robotics, Georgia Institute of Technology 1986
  • M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 1983
  • B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee 1982
  • Full Name

  • Thomas Alberts