A common source of poor control performance in industrial processes is represented by stiction in control valves, which often induces offset, oscillating behavior, and even loss of stability. Recent studies have investigated the effectiveness of embedding stiction models into model predictive controller (MPC) schemes, moving from stiction unaware to different stiction aware formulations, which help to remove fluctuations and may guarantee higher set-point tracking ability. To this aim, along with the process model the controller needs to use a dynamic model of sticky valves. This paper proposes an efficient, computational approach to obtain both valve and process dynamics, under the framework of Hammerstein system identification, which is based on nonlinear, gradient-based, numerical optimization. In order to improve the computational behavior and effectiveness of the methodology, a recently proposed smoothed model of stiction is deployed. The proposed methodology is validated in several (single-input single-output, and multivariable) examples, where the effectiveness of the obtained stiction aware MPC regulator is also evaluated against a stiction unaware counterpart.

Enhancing MPC formulations by identification and estimation of valve stiction

Bacci di Capaci R.;Vaccari M.;Scali C.;Pannocchia G.
2019-01-01

Abstract

A common source of poor control performance in industrial processes is represented by stiction in control valves, which often induces offset, oscillating behavior, and even loss of stability. Recent studies have investigated the effectiveness of embedding stiction models into model predictive controller (MPC) schemes, moving from stiction unaware to different stiction aware formulations, which help to remove fluctuations and may guarantee higher set-point tracking ability. To this aim, along with the process model the controller needs to use a dynamic model of sticky valves. This paper proposes an efficient, computational approach to obtain both valve and process dynamics, under the framework of Hammerstein system identification, which is based on nonlinear, gradient-based, numerical optimization. In order to improve the computational behavior and effectiveness of the methodology, a recently proposed smoothed model of stiction is deployed. The proposed methodology is validated in several (single-input single-output, and multivariable) examples, where the effectiveness of the obtained stiction aware MPC regulator is also evaluated against a stiction unaware counterpart.
2019
Bacci di Capaci, R.; Vaccari, M.; Scali, C.; Pannocchia, G.
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