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TECHNICAL BRIEFS

Control of Systems Subject to Small Measurement Disturbances

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D. D. Sworder

Department of Applied Mechanics and Engineering Sciences, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, Calif. 92093

J. Dyn. Sys., Meas., Control 106(2), 182-188 (Jun 01, 1984) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3143735 History: Received November 04, 1983; Online July 21, 2009

Abstract

When a controlled system is subject to external disturbances of large magnitude, the regulator often uses a mixed strategy, combining a feedforward link to neutralize the primary impact of the disturbance, and a feedback link to reduce the effect of any residual. If there is a possibility of error in measuring the disturbance, the problem becomes more complex. A sophisticated regulator might even try to “learn” the true value of the disturbance. Attempts to design such an intelligent regulator usually lead to intractable synthesis equations. This paper provides a simple alternative for the case in which the measurement of the disturbance is close to the true value. A study of a simple model of a solar-powered boiler shows that the performance of the proposed regulator is near that attainable by much more complicated controllers.

Copyright © 1984 by ASME
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