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Repetitive controller: an advanced servomechanism for periodic reference input

Research paper by Ujjwal Mondal, Anindita Sengupta; Ananya Roy

Indexed on: 26 Nov '16Published on: 01 Dec '16Published in: International Journal of Dynamics and Control



Abstract

The presented work envisaged to explore the possibility of implementing a repetitive control strategy along with a proportional (P) controller for a liquid level system (LLS) in real time to track a periodic reference command. The objective of this paper is to validate the servo mechanism (accurate tracking) and periodic disturbance attenuating property of repetitive control (RC) along with P control system. The whole effort is divided in to two distinct parts. In the first part, the controller and plant are modeled, developed and experimented in software. The tracking performance and stability measure of the plant has been studied with inclusion of repetitive controller (RC) in presence of P controller and compared with conventional P and PI controller in both time and frequency domain subjected to periodic command to establish the usefulness of the RC-P control using simulation. The limitation of the first part is due to the consideration of all ideal condition of experimentation like ideal source, ideal plant etc. In the second part of this work the limitation of the first part of taking all ideal condition is avoided through the development of a real time experimentation setup. In this section, software model of LLS is replaced by its analogous electrical circuit. Emulation of the actual hardware plant is carried out interfaced through DAC NI6221 with PC using LabVIEW for better and flexible experimenting environment. The deployment of RC in Controller In Loop is done to conduct all experiments with actual source of reference and actual hardware plant. The effectiveness of RC with P controller for periodic reference input is shown through simulation and validated through real time experimentation. The presented work envisaged to explore the possibility of implementing a repetitive control strategy along with a proportional (P) controller for a liquid level system (LLS) in real time to track a periodic reference command. The objective of this paper is to validate the servo mechanism (accurate tracking) and periodic disturbance attenuating property of repetitive control (RC) along with P control system. The whole effort is divided in to two distinct parts. In the first part, the controller and plant are modeled, developed and experimented in software. The tracking performance and stability measure of the plant has been studied with inclusion of repetitive controller (RC) in presence of P controller and compared with conventional P and PI controller in both time and frequency domain subjected to periodic command to establish the usefulness of the RC-P control using simulation. The limitation of the first part is due to the consideration of all ideal condition of experimentation like ideal source, ideal plant etc. In the second part of this work the limitation of the first part of taking all ideal condition is avoided through the development of a real time experimentation setup. In this section, software model of LLS is replaced by its analogous electrical circuit. Emulation of the actual hardware plant is carried out interfaced through DAC NI6221 with PC using LabVIEW for better and flexible experimenting environment. The deployment of RC in Controller In Loop is done to conduct all experiments with actual source of reference and actual hardware plant. The effectiveness of RC with P controller for periodic reference input is shown through simulation and validated through real time experimentation.