Covering the Gap Between Advanced Control Theory Design and Real Time Implementation Using Simulink
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Original versionLinköping Electronic Conference Proceedings. 2017, (138), 280-283. 10.3384/ecp17138280
New developments in sensor technology and control actuators make it viable to monitor and regulate more process variables, providing an opportunity to apply advanced multivariable control techniques. Although modern control techniques allows the implementation of true multiple inputs – multiple output controllers, there has been a big gap between theoretical developments and real life applications. At the University of Southeast Norway, we proposed a bachelor level course aimed to students who have had a previous introductory course to classic control, to teach them the fundamentals of modern multivariable control techniques, including state feedback, LQR and linear MPC. The use of Simulink is integrated with the course, to analyze and design modern controllers for two real multivariable experimental processes. We advocate the use of advanced simulation and data acquisition tools to help to cover the existing gap between the development of modern control algorithms, and their implementation with real processes. The experimental testing and final tuning of the controllers are an important part of the course.