Coupled electric drives

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This particular laboratory-scale process simulates the actual industrial problems in tension and speed controls as they occur in magnetic tape drives, textile machines, paper mills, strip metal production plants, etc. To simulate these problems. the coupled electric drives consists of two similar servo-motors which drive a jockey pulley via a continuous flexible belt (see attached image).The jockey pulley assembly constitutes a simulated work station. The basic control problem is to regulate the belt speed and tension by varying the two servo-motor torque.

The structure of the transfer function matrix model (numerator and denominator orders of each transfer function) have been determined from the theoretical modelling of the coupled electric drive system which has given

$$\begin{bmatrix} Y_1(s)\\ Y_2(s) \end{bmatrix} =G(s) \begin{bmatrix} U_1(s)\\ U_2(s) \end{bmatrix}$$

with

$ G(s) = \begin{bmatrix} \dfrac{b_{1,1,0}}{s^2+a_{11}s+a_{12}} & \dfrac{b_{1,2,0}}{s^2+a_{11}s+a_{12}}\\ \dfrac{b_{2,1,0}s+b_{2,1,1}}{s^3+a_{21}s^2+a_{22}s+a_{23}} & \dfrac{b_{2,2,0}}{s^3+a_{21}s^2+a_{22}s+a_{23}} \end{bmatrix} $

The inputs $U(s)$ to the system are the drive voltages to the servo-motor power amplifiers. The outputs $Y_1(s)$ and $Y_2(s)$ are the jockey pulley velocity and the belt tension respectively.

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TitleA new bias-compensating least-squares method for continuous-time MIMO system identification applied to a laboratory-scale process
Publication TypeConference Paper
AuthorsGarnier, H., Sibille P., and Nguyen H.L.