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Nonlinear control structures based on embedded neural system models

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2 Author(s)
Lightbody, G. ; Dept. of Electr. & Electron. Eng., Queen''s Univ., Belfast, UK ; Irwin, G.W.

This paper investigates in detail the possible application of neural networks to the modeling and adaptive control of nonlinear systems. Nonlinear neural-network-based plant modeling is first discussed, based on the approximation capabilities of the multilayer perceptron. A structure is then proposed to utilize feedforward networks within a direct model reference adaptive control strategy. The difficulties involved in training this network, embedded within the closed-loop are discussed and a novel neural-network-based sensitivity modeling approach proposed to allow for the backpropagation of errors through the plant to the neural controller. Finally, a novel nonlinear internal model control (IMC) strategy is suggested, that utilizes a nonlinear neural model of the plant to generate parameter estimates over the nonlinear operating region for an adaptive linear internal model, without the problems associated with recursive parameter identification algorithms. Unlike other neural IMC approaches the linear control law can then be readily designed. A continuous stirred tank reactor was chosen as a realistic nonlinear case study for the techniques discussed in the paper

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Neural Networks, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:8 ,  Issue: 3 )