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Robust Nonlinear Predictive Control Applied to a Solar Collector Field in a Solar Desalination Plant

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5 Author(s)
Torrico, B.C. ; Dept. de Eng. Eletr. (DEE), Univ. Fed. do Ceara, Fortaleza, Brazil ; Roca, L. ; Normey-Rico, J.E. ; Guzman, J.L.
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This brief presents the application of a robust nonlinear predictive controller to the distributed collector field of a solar desalination plant. The main purpose of the controller is to manipulate the water flow rate to maintain the collector outlet-inlet temperature gradient constant in spite of disturbances. The controller uses a robust dead-time compensation structure and a nonlinear model predictive control to cope with time delay uncertainties and system nonlinearities, respectively. Simulation and real experimental results are shown to illustrate controller performance.

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Control Systems Technology, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:18 ,  Issue: 6 )