Sunday, October 25, 2009

Types of Feedback Controls

There are many controlling methods and mechanism used in daily life to control the processing parameters in labs and industry. Here we will discuss a few of them and our main concern will be on temperature controllers specifically. Thus keeping in mind about a temperature controller of an oven, which are the common methods used, we start with the most simple on method which is The ON-OFF control.

The On-Off Control

This is the simplest form of control, used by almost all domestic thermostats. When the oven is cooler than the set-point temperature the heater is turned on at maximum power, suppose it is M, and once the oven is hotter than the set-point temperature the heater is switched off completely. The turn-on and turn-off temperatures are deliberately made to differ by a small amount, known as the hysteresis H, to prevent noise from switching the heater rapidly and unnecessarily when the temperature is near the set-point.

Proportional Control

A proportional controller attempts to perform better than the On-Off type by applying power, W, to the heater in proportion to the difference in temperature between the oven and the set-point. where P is known as the proportional gain of the controller. As its gain is increased the system responds faster to changes in set-point but becomes progressively under damped and eventually unstable. The final oven temperature lies below the set-point for this system because some difference is required to keep the heater supplying power. The heater power must always lie between zero and the maximum M because it can only source, not sink, heat.

Proportional+Derivative Control

The stability and overshoot problems that arise when a proportional controller is used at high gain can be mitigated by adding a term proportional to the time-derivative of the error signal,
This technique is known as PD control. The value of the damping constant, D, can be adjusted to achieve a critically damped response to changes in the set-point temperature.

Proportional, Integral and Derivative Control

Although PD control deals neatly with the overshoot and ringing problems associated with proportional control it does not cure the problem with the steady-state error. Fortunately it is possible to eliminate this while using relatively low gain by adding an integral term to the control function which becomes
where I, the integral gain parameter is sometimes known as the controller reset level. This form of function is known as proportional-integral-differential, or PID, control. The effect of the integral term is to change the heater power until the time-averaged value of the temperature error is zero. The method works quite well but complicates the mathematical analysis slightly because the system is now third-order.

Proportional and Integral Control
Sometimes, particularly when the sensor measuring the oven temperature is susceptible to noise or other electrical interference, derivative action can cause the heater power to fluctuate wildly. In these circumstances it is often sensible use a PI controller or set the derivative action of a PID controller to zero.
Third-Order Systems
Systems controlled using an integral action controller are almost always at least third-order. Unlike second-order systems, third-order systems are fairly uncommon in physics but the methods of control theory make the analysis quite straightforward. For instance, applying the so-called Routh-Hurwitz stability criterion, which is a systematic way of classifying the complex roots of the auxiliary equation for the model, it can be shown that provided the integral gain is kept sufficiently small then parameter values can be found to give an acceptably damped response with the error temperature eventually tending to zero if the set-point is changed by a step or linear ramp in time. Whereas derivative control improved the system damping, integral control eliminates steady-state error at the expense of stability margin.

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