Multiple model adaptive control

João M. Lemos, Rui Neves-Silva, José M. Igreja

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When the plant to control is subject to large variations of its point of operation, or if some of its parameters are uncertain, the corresponding change in local dynamics prevents a single linear controller to yield a good performance, or even to globally stabilize the system. In order to tackle this issue, the approach followed in the present chapter consists of the identification of a bank of linear models that represent the plant dynamics in different regions of operation and/or different parameter ranges. To each of these so called local models a linear controller (named local controller) is associated that is designed such that, when connected to the plant, it yields the desired performance in the operating region/parameter range to which the local model is associated. To prevent instability that stems from fast switching a dwell time condition is imposed, meaning that, when a local controller is connected to the plant, it remains so for at least a minimum time interval. The application of this multiple model adaptive control (MMAC) strategy is illustrated by its experimental application to an air heating fan and a distributed collector solar field.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Industrial Control
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages26
Publication statusPublished - 2014

Publication series

NameAdvances in Industrial Control
ISSN (Print)1430-9491
ISSN (Electronic)2193-1577


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