Title: Robust tracking control system design for a nonlinear IPMC using neural network-based sliding mode approach

Authors: Aihui Wang; Qiang Zhang; Dongyun Wang

Addresses: School of Electric and Information Engineering, Zhongyuan University of Technology, 41 Zhongyuan Road, Zhengzhou, 450007, China ' School of Electric and Information Engineering, Zhongyuan University of Technology, 41 Zhongyuan Road, Zhengzhou, 450007, China ' School of Electric and Information Engineering, Zhongyuan University of Technology, 41 Zhongyuan Road, Zhengzhou, 450007, China

Abstract: In this paper, a robust nonlinear tracking control design for an ionic polymer metal composite (IPMC) with uncertainties is proposed by using neural network-based sliding mode approach. The IPMC, also called artificial muscle, is a novel smart polymer material, and many potential applications for low mass high displacement actuators in biomedical and robotic systems have been shown. In general, the IPMC has highly nonlinear property, and there exist uncertainties caused by identifying some physical parameters and approximate calculation in dynamic model. Moreover, the control input is subject to some constraints to ensure safety and longer service life of IPMC. As a result, for a nonlinear dynamic model with uncertainties and input constraints, an IPMC artificial muscles position tracking control system based on sliding mode control approach is presented, where, the improved exponential reaching law is used to design sliding mode controller, a saturation function is used in the sliding mode control law design to suppress chattering. The robust stability can be guaranteed. Moreover, in order to improve tracking performance, a quickly and precisely robust tracking system to the stabilised system is designed and the parameters of tracking controller are optimised by using neural network. Finally, the effectiveness of the proposed method is confirmed by simulation results.

Keywords: ionic polymer metal composites; IPMC; neural networks; sliding mode control; SMC; robust control; nonlinear control; tracking control; uncertainties; artificial muscle; smart materials; polymers; dynamic modelling; position tracking; controller design; chattering suppression; vibration; simulation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJAMECHS.2015.074783

International Journal of Advanced Mechatronic Systems, 2015 Vol.6 No.6, pp.269 - 276

Received: 19 Jan 2015
Accepted: 20 Jul 2015

Published online: 16 Feb 2016 *

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