Author: Isaac Gendler

Pole Placement

Pole Placement

Pole Placement

12/02/18

“How can we modify a state-space to become more stable?”

 

State-spaces are often used in control system design to represent a plant. However, sometimes the system by itself is unstable. So how can we use our engineering mindset to solve this? Well, what we can do is introduce an extra feedback loop with some constants that modify the poles of the system such that they are all in the right-half plane. This is known as Pole Placement and is one of the most commonly used techniques in classical control.

 

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How Better Utility Fault Detection Can Lead to Better Resilience Against Fires

How Better Utility Fault Detection Can Lead to Better Resilience Against Fires

How Better Utility Fault Detection Can Lead to Better Resilience Against Fires

12/01/18

“How can better fault detection in utility lines prevent more fires?”

 

Northern California recently experienced the most intense wildfire it ever endured This was caused by a utility line breaking apart near a dry forest. To prevent such a thing from happening again, we can implement better fault detection methods into grid lines. That way we will be able to detect issues before they occur with much better clarity and resolve them before a catastrophe strikes. This is How Better Utility Fault Detection Can Lead to Better Resilience Against Fires.

 

The European Union Has Just Unveiled It’s Zero Carbon Emission Plan

The European Union Has Just Unveiled It’s Zero Carbon Emission Plan

The European Union Has Just Unveiled It’s Zero Carbon Emission Plan

11/29/18

“How will the EU become carbon neutral?”

 

Breaking news. The European Union, accounting for 10 % of carbon emissions globally, has recently unveiled its long-term plan to cut its carbon emissions to zero by 2050. Although its 2030 goals will not be changed, it does give more focus to the following decades. This will be an extremely exciting event for years to come.

Switching regulators

Switching regulators

Switching regulators

11/28/18

“How can we control a series device to rapidly switch on and off?”

 

Series devices are used everywhere in electronics. However, sometimes we would like to be able to switch them on and off at an extremely high frequency. So how can we use our engineering mindset to solve this? Well, what if we were to have a special voltage regulator that could accomplish this? This is the exact idea behind a switching regulator and is integrated into all sorts of electrical devices.

Why the Increasing Frequency of Fires Will Threat Energy Resilience

Why the Increasing Frequency of Fires Will Threat Energy Resilience

Why the Increasing Frequency of Fires Will Threat Energy Resilience

11/26/18

“How will the increased frequency of fires make us less energy resilient?”

 

The climate is changing. As temperatures get higher, the natural world is being thrown out of balance, and this includes dangerous fires such the one seen in Northern California. As these fires become more frequent, they will threaten power lines and energy generation sources. As a result, The Increasing Frequency of Fires Will Threat Energy Resilience.