On quantitative feedback design for robust position control of hydraulic actuators
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This paper discusses several practical issues related to the design of robust position controllers for hydraulic actuators by quantitative feedback theory (QFT). Important properties of the hydraulic actuator behavior, for control system design, are identified by calculating a family of equivalent frequency responses from acceptable nonlinear input-output data. The role of this modeling approach towards reducing over-design by decreasing the sizes of the QFT plant templates is described. The relationship between the geometry of the QFT bounds and the complexity of the robust feedback law is examined through the development of two low-order controllers having characteristics suitable for different applications. Experimental test results demonstrate the extent that each QFT controller is able to maintain robustness against variations in the hydraulic system dynamics that occur due to changing load conditions as well as uncertainties in the hydraulic supply pressure, valve spool gain, and actuator damping.
The article of record as published may be located at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.conengprac.2009.11.007
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