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Robust multivariable predictive control: how can it be applied to industrial test stands ?

Bordeneuve-Guibé, Joël and Vaucoret, Cyril Robust multivariable predictive control: how can it be applied to industrial test stands ? (2001) Control Systems Magazine, 2 (2). 54-65. ISSN 0272-1708

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/37.918265


To cope with recent technological evolutions of air conditioning systems for aircraft, the French Aeronautical Test Center built a new test stand for certification at ground level. The constraints specified by the industrial users of the process seemed antagonistic for many reasons. First, the controller had to be implemented on an industrial automaton, not adaptable to modern algorithms. Then the specified dynamic performances were very demanding, especially taking into account the wide operating ranges of the process. Finally, the proposed controller had to be easy for nonspecialist users to handle. Thus, the control design and implementation steps had to be conducted considering both theoretical and technical aspects. This finally led to the development of a new multivariable predictive controller, called alpha-MPC, whose main characteristic is the introduction of an extra tuning parameter alpha that has enhanced the overall control robustness. In particular, the H1-norm of the sensitivity functions can be significantly reduced by tuning this single new parameter. It turns out to be a simple but efficient way to improve the robustness of the initial algorithm. The other classical tuning parameters are still physically meaningful, as is usual with predictive techniques. The initial results are very promising and this controller has already been adopted by the industrial users as the basis of the control part for future developments of the test stand.

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Additional Information:Thanks to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).The original PDF can be found on the IEEE website : http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpls/abs_all.jsp?arnumber=918265&tag=1
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace - ISAE-SUPAERO (FRANCE)
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Département de Mathématiques, Informatique, Automatique - DMIA (Toulouse, France) - Automatique, Dynamique et Interface des Systèmes - ADIS
Centre d'Essais Aéronautique de Toulouse - CEAT
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