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Iterative Learning Control Approach to a Diffusion Control Problem in an Irrigation Application

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2 Author(s)
Moore, K.L. ; Div. of Eng., Colorado Sch. of Mines, Golden, CO ; Yang Quan Chen

In this paper we consider an iterative learning control-based approach to controlling a periodic distributed parameter system. The problem arises in the real-time control of flow rate in a center pivot irrigator used in dry-land farming. The system is modeled as a spatial-temporal diffusion process in three spatial dimensions coupled with flow in one dimension. First, a distributed parameter model of the process is presented. Then a finite differences approximation of the process is developed, after which an iterative learning controller is developed to regulate the maximum value of the measured variable over a single period of the irrigator's motion. It is shown via simulation that the strategy can successfully generate the correct flow rates, even in the presence of regionally-varying diffusion rates

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Mechatronics and Automation, Proceedings of the 2006 IEEE International Conference on

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25-28 June 2006