Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering, Vol.77, No.1, 180-185, 1999
A new direct-synthesis tuning method for PI-controllers
A new efficient tuning method for proportional-integral (PI) controllers is proposed using overdamped closed-loop dynamics of the system. In line with other direct-synthesis and IMC methods, this new approach uses the desired closed-loop response to satisfy usual control and tuning objectives, but unlike the most other tuning methods hitherto-reported for PID controllers, it does not require that a process model be identified. Yet this new direct-synthesis (NDS) method is capable of making the controller perform the dual control functions of both good set-point tracking and disturbance rejection. Furthermore, it turns out that the new tuning method works equally well for difficult cases like large time delay and nonminimum phase processes. Finally, it can be said that this NDS method can be easily implemented and understood by the plant operating personnel because it has been developed emphasizing its on-site utility.