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Oklahoma State University

Young, Gary E.

Professor Emeritus

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Oklahoma State University
Engineering North 218
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078-5016 USA
Phone: (405) 744-5900
Fax: (405) 744-7873


Areas of Interest

  • Dynamic Systems and Control
  • Nonlinear Uncertain Systems
  • Real-Time Distributed Systems

Academic Background

Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Davis
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Davis

Current and Recent Projects

Control of Mechanical Systems — Advanced nonlinear control strategies are being studied and implemented on experimental hardware to provide both position and velocity control of mechanical systems with tight constraints on speed of response, allowable overshoot, and available control actuation.

Analysis and Control of networked systems — real-time networks are becoming common in many mechanical systems including business machinery and vehicles. Ways of modeling the effects of the network on the entire dynamic system are being studied as well as analysis strategies. It is hoped that a design methodology will evolve which better predicts actual system performance over the 'worst-case' strategies which are currently being used.

Modeling and prediction of hydraulic fracturing pressures — hydraulic fracturing is used to enlarge the rock formations which trap gas and oil many thousands of feet underground. This process is extremely nonlinear and difficult to model because of inaccessibility issues. It is desirable to be able to predict the state of the formation as material is being pumped downhole to alleviate the possibility that the material will seal the fracture rather than enlarge it.

Select Publications

"A Study on Sliding Mode State Estimation", with J.-H. Choi and E. Misawa, Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, June 1999, Volume 121, Issue 2, pp. 255 - 260.
"Transient Error Detection during UDUT Covariance Calculations using Algorithm Based Fault Tolerance", with M. Moan and E. Misawa, Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, July 1997, Volume 119, Issue 2, pp. 284 - 285.
"Block-Recursive Identification of Parameters and Delay in the Presence of Noise", with K.S.S. Rao, and V.R. Chatufale, Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, December 1995, Volume 117, Issue 4, pp. 600 - 607.
"Observer-Based Discrete-Time Sliding Mode Control with Computational Time Delay", with E. Misawa, ASME Dynamic Systems and Control 1994 , Book No. G0909A, pp. 109 - 115, and presented at the 1994 ASME International Congress and Exposition, Chicago, IL.
"Topics Relating to Fault Tolerance and Reliability of Control Algorithms Operating in Multi-tasking, Hard Deadline Real-Time Environments", with M.R. Moan and E. Misawa, ASME Symposium on Mechatronics, DSC-Vol. 50, pp. 171 - 181 and presented at the 1993 ASME Winter Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA.
"A Study on Sliding Mode State Estimation", with J. Choi and E. Misawa, Proceedings of the 1993 American Control Conference, San Francisco, CA, pp. 2572 - 2576.
"Lateral and Longitudinal Dynamic Behavior and Control of Moving Webs", with K.N. Reid, Journal of Dynamic Systems, Measurement, and Control, Vol 115, No. 2(B), June 1993, pp. 309 - 317.
"A Lateral Web Limit Cycle Caused by an Air Bar", with J.J. Shelton and B. Fang, Web Handling 1992, ASME Applied Mechanics Division Book No. G00748, pp. 115 - 122, and presented at the 1992 ASME Winter Annual Meeting, Anaheim, CA.