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Identification of parameters in distributed parameter systems Bordan, Norman Stephen


This thesis deals with the identification of parameters in distributed parameter systems. Two sensitivity methods, namely; Meissinger's method and the method of structural sensitivity are extended to obtain the sensitivity coefficients of discretized distributed parameter systems. The method of Bingulac and Kokotovic is extended to identify parameters in the one and the two dimensional parabolic differential equations. CSMP (continuous system modeling programme) is used throughout to simulate the systems. Results for both sensitivity schemes are obtained, and it is found that although structural sensitivity is advantageous for parameter identification in ordinary differential equations, this is not the case for partial differential equations.

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