Author: Tang, Siu-wai
Title: Combined PID controller and neural controller for process control
Degree: M.Sc.
Year: 1994
Subject: Process control
Automatic control
PID controllers
Neural networks (Computer science)
Hong Kong Polytechnic -- Dissertations
Department: Department of Electrical Engineering
Pages: 80, [9] leaves : ill. ; 30 cm
Language: English
Abstract: In this project, an Artificial-Neural-Network-based controller coupled with PID controller is developed for compensating the change in process plant dynamic. The task has been split into: software simulation and hardware implementation. The software work demonstrates an Artificial-Neural-Network-based controller coupled with a PID controller which provides compensation for the change in process plant dynamics. An Artificial-Neural-Network-based controller consists of a well trained Artificial-Neural-Network (ANN), which as its input some past information; such as system input, system output and some system state variable. Combining the output of the ANN with the output of the PID controller produces the necessary control action for process plant such that the output of process plant performs according to the desirable response. The configuration of ANN is simple. It consists of several input nodes, and one output node. There is a number of intermediate node in between the input ports and output port. All the input and intermediate nodes, the intermediate and output nodes are interconnected by some weighted links. The ANN-based-controller should be trained before engaging on the actual system; hence, the ANN employs the back propagation training algorithm to update the weighted links and to learn the dynamics of system such that the system response can be improved. During the training session of the ANN, the weighted values of the weighted links are adjusted until a pre-defined criteria has been reached. Using state feedback information and the learning capability of the ANN, the controller is expected to produce reasonable performance even with unpredictable variations on the system parameters and disturbances. From the simulation result, it can be seen that the ANN can learn the system dynamics with acceptable accuracy and give satisfactorily results on the system performance. Furthermore, the parameters of process plant has been modified during the simulation. This simulated the actual plant parameter changes due to environmental and characteristic changes. It can be seen that the output response of the process plant is still acceptable owing to the learning capability of the ANN-based-controller. For the hardware work, the trained ANN-based-controller is implemented on a PC equipped with an A/D card to control a simple process plant running on an analog computer so as to investigate the performance of the ANN-based-controller coupled with PID controller on actual process control. Both software simulation and hardware experimental results are compared to analyse the performance of the proposed control scheme.
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