Design of Retuning Fractional PID Controllers for a Closed-loop Magnetic Levitation Control System

Aleksei Tepljakov
Fri, 12/12/2014
Talk type: 
Conference presentation
Conference name: 
Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre, Singapore
In this paper, we study the problem of fractional-order PID controller design for an unstable plant—a laboratory model of a magnetic levitation system. To this end, we apply model based control design. A model of the magnetic levitation system is obtained by means of a closed-loop experiment. Several stable fractional-order controllers are identified and optimized by considering isolated stability regions. Finally, a nonintrusive controller retuning method is used to incorporate fractional-order dynamics into the existing control loop, thereby enhancing its performance. Experimental results confirm the effectiveness of the proposed approach. Control design methods offered in this paper are general enough to be applicable to a variety of control problems.