Zhifeng Zeng

Work place: School of Astronautics, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi’an, China

E-mail: zzf123go@163.com


Research Interests: Swarm Intelligence, Process Control System, Control Theory


Zhifeng Zeng was born on September, 1983. He received the B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees from Nanchang University of Aeronautics and Harbin Engineering University, in 2005 and 2008, respectively. In 2008, he joined the School of Astronautics, Northwestern Polytechnical University, at Xi’an, P. R. China, as a Candidate for Ph.D. He spent the 2010 - 2011 academic year to study swarm control technology of microsolar sail at University of Strathclyde in U.K. as a sponsored researcher. His representative published articles lists as follow: A Behavior-based Motion Planning for Microsolar Sail Swarm (New York: 2nd International Symposium on Solar Sailing, 2010), Study of reentry guidance based on neural network (Flight Dynamics, 2011), A Better Formation Planning Algorithm of Solar Sail Swarm Based on Behavior (Journal of Northwestern Polytechnical University, 2012), Self-Organizing and Scalable Pattern Formation in Swarming Systems using Lennard-Jones Potential Field (Lushan: 2012 Second International Conference on Electric Information and Control Engineering, 2012). His research interests include Swarm Intelligence, Swarm Control, Solar Sail and Micro/Nano Satellite.

Author Articles
Pattern Formation in Swarming Spacecrafts using Tersoff-Brenner Potential Field

By Zhifeng Zeng Yihua Tang Shilu Chen Min Xu

DOI: https://doi.org/10.5815/ijisa.2013.06.01, Pub. Date: 8 May 2013

We present a distributed control strategy that lets a swarm of spacecrafts autonomously form a lattice in orbit around a planet. The system, based on the artificial potential field approach, proposes a novel way to divide the artificial field into two main terms: a global artificial potential field mainly based on the famous C-W equations that gathers the spacecrafts around a predefined meeting point, and a local term exploited the well-known Tersoff-Brenner potential that allows a spacecraft to place itself in the correct position relative to its closest neighbors. Moreover, in order to obtain convergence from all initial distributions of the spacecrafts, a dissipation term depended on the velocity of agent is introduced. The new methodology is demonstrated in the problem of forming a hexagon lattice, the structure unit of graphite. It is shown that a pattern formation can operate around a planet. By slightly changing the scenario our method can be easily applied to shape other configurations, such as a regular tetrahedron (with central point), the structure unit, etc.

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