A multiple model, state feedback strategy for robust control of non-linear processes
Wang, F.Y., Bahri, P., Lee, P.L. and Cameron, I.T. (2005) A multiple model, state feedback strategy for robust control of non-linear processes. Computer Aided Chemical Engineering, 20 . pp. 1111-1116.
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In order to achieve global stability using well-established linear control theory and techniques, a multiple model approach has attracted increased attention in recent years. In our previous work, a mini-max optimisation strategy was developed within the framework of a multiple model approach, in which a global controller can be designed without the requirement of membership/validity functions used in conventional methods, and the regime division was realised using a gap metric method. The major limitation of the reported methods is that robustness against process/controller disturbances cannot be addressed if the process switches from stable to unstable in operation. Furthermore, the number of local models is still large for highly non-linear processes even though the gap-metric method is incorporated. In this paper, a signficantly modified multiple model approach is developed to achieve robust control with global stability. The main new features of the current approach include: (1) stabilization of open-loop unstable plants using a state feedback strategy, (2) incorporation of an adjustable pre-filter to achieve offset-free control, and (3) implementation of a Kalman filter for state estimation where necessary. The improved controller design method is successfully applied to two non-linear processed with different chaotic behaviour, namely a continuous stirred tank reactor and a Zymomonas mobilis reactor. Compared with conventional methods without model modifications, the new approach has achieved significant improvement in control performance and robustness with dramatically reduced number of local models.
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|Murdoch Affiliation:||School of Engineering Science|
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