A new reference model-based fixed-structure controller for industrial applications
by Muhammad Zakwan; Muhammad Hamza Hashmi; Mukhtar Ali; Shakil Ahmed
International Journal of Automation and Logistics (IJAL), Vol. 3, No. 2, 2021

Abstract: This paper introduces a new approach to design a fixed-structure controller for those industrial applications, where mathematical model of the plant is not known. The design methodology is composed of two steps. First, black-box system identification is used to obtain a mathematical model of plant and second, a fixed-structure controller is designed based on reference model defined by closed-loop performance. For controller identification, prediction error method (PEM) is considered, which uses the off-line generated input-output inherently noise free data using the reference model. Due to fixed design structure, the controller is independent of plant's order. The proposed approach is tested on a lab-based real-time magnetic levitation system (MLS). The results show effectiveness of the proposed approach with good reference tracking and robustness properties. The proposed approach emerged a lower order controller which is computationally efficient and easy to implement. Compare to other data-driven techniques, inverse mapping of the reference model is not required and the performance versus design/tuning time comparison with conventional proportional integral derivative (PID) controller is also improved.

Online publication date: Tue, 02-Feb-2021

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