Journal of Process Control, Vol.57, 127-139, 2017
Control-relevant nonlinearity measure and integrated multi-model control
A control-relevant nonlinearity measure (CRNM) method is proposed based on the gap metric and the gap metric stability margin to measure the nonlinear degree of a system once a linear control strategy is selected. Supported by the CRNM method, an integrated multi-model control framework is developed, in which the multi-model decomposition and local controller design are closely integrated, model redundancy is avoided, computational load is reduced, and dependency on a prior knowledge is reduced. Besides, a 1/delta gap-based weighting method is put forward to combine the local controllers. On one hand, the 1/delta gap-based weighting method has merely one tuning parameter and can be computed off-line; on the other hand, it is sensitive to the tuning parameter, flexible and easy to tune. Two continuous stirred tank reactor (CSTR) systems are investigated. Closed-loop simulations validate the effectiveness and benefits of the proposed integrated multi-model control approach based on CRNM. (C) 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.