Theses and Dissertations

Issuing Body

Mississippi State University


Follett, Randolph F.

Committee Member

Schulz, Noel N.

Committee Member

Srivastava, Anurag K.

Committee Member

Grzybowski, Stanislaw

Date of Degree


Document Type

Dissertation - Open Access


Electrical Engineering

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


James Worth Bagley College of Engineering


Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering


The next generation of U.S. Navy ships will see the integration of the propulsion and electrical systems as part of the all-electric ship. This new architecture brings advantages and challenges. One of the challenges is to develop a stable power system that can ride through various issues such as faults or changes in load. style='mso-spacerun:yes'> While terrestrial systems have been studied for a long time related to stability, the unique characteristics of the shipboard power system mean that not all of these results are directly applicable to the all-electric ship. Because of the new shipboard power system structure, more generators are required to be connected in parallel to supply the power needed. Control of parallel generators has been done for years in terrestrial systems; however, the application of an advanced control technique has not been applied in the All-Electric Ship. The challenge is to apply an advanced control technique to the all-electric shipboard power system that will maintain stability of multiple generator systems, keeping in mind that the generators could be dissimilar in ratings. style='mso-spacerun:yes'> For that reason, the control techniques used to solve the problem need to be developed or adapted for test cases that are similar to the electric ship configuration. This dissertation provides a description of an effort to implement a robust control scheme on the all-electric ship. style='mso-spacerun:yes'> The proposed solution is to apply H∞ Robust Control as an advanced control technique, with realistic constraints to keep the shipboard power system within stability margins during normal and abnormal operating scenarios. In this work, H∞ Robust Control has been developed in the form of state space equations which are optimized using linear matrix implementation. The developed H∞ Control has been implemented on the different operating scenarios to validate the functionality and to compare it with another control technique. style='mso-spacerun:yes'> Test case results for one-generator, two-generator similar and two-generator dissimilar have been described. style='mso-spacerun:yes'> Stability indicators have been determined and compared for various types of faults and transients for removing and adding static and dynamic loads. The research provides the foundation for applications of advanced control techniques for the next generation all-electric ship.