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Automatic tuning of commercial PID controllers for single-loop and multiloop applications

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2 Author(s)
Gawthrop, P.J. ; Dept. of Mech. Eng., Glasgow Univ., UK ; Nomikos, P.E.

Certain continuous-time self-tuning algorithms are shown to be capable of generating tuning parameters for commercial proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controllers. They are also shown to be capable of generating a feedforward signal that decouples the disturbance from the interaction from adjacent loops in a multivariable situation. The approach is verified using a standard Atari personal computer supervising Eurotherm 820 PID controllers. Two systems are used to test the method: a laboratory water tank system under level control and an industrial multizone plastics extruder under temperature control.<>

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Control Systems Magazine, IEEE  (Volume:10 ,  Issue: 1 )