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Real Time Modeling and Control of Three Tank Hybrid System

K. Sathishkumar, V. Kirubakaran and T. K. Radhakrishnan


This study discusses the modeling and linear quadratic regulator (LQR) controller based closed loop control of a three tank hybrid (TTH) process. A pseudo random binary signal (PRBS) based excitation data obtained from a real time TTH setup is utilized in validating its first principle model (FPM). Based on top and bottom interactions, various modes prevalent are considered based on steady state physical reachability analysis of the TTH for a given input range for controller design. The FPM is linearized using nominal values of process parameters using Jacobians from each existing mode. LQR controllers are designed for each mode. A supervisory structure is designed for selecting estimation model and controller for each appropriate mode. Results from real time servo tracking and disturbance rejection experiments are discussed.


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Received: 2017-4-24
Revised: 2017-5-29
Accepted: 2017-6-8
Published Online: 2018-2-24

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