A Design Algorithm using External Perturbation to Improve Iterative Feedback Tuning Convergence

Publication: Research - peer-reviewJournal article – Annual report year: 2011

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Iterative Feedback Tuning constitutes an attractive control loop tuning method for processes in the absence of process insight. It is a purely data driven approach for optimization of the loop performance. The standard formulation ensures an unbiased estimate of the loop performance cost function gradient, which is used in a search algorithm for minimizing the performance cost. A slow rate of convergence of the tuning method is often experienced when tuning for disturbance rejection. This is due to a poor signal to noise ratio in the process data. A method is proposed for increasing the data information content by introducing an optimal perturbation signal in the tuning algorithm. The theoretical analysis is supported by a simulation example where the proposed method is compared to an existing method for acceleration of the convergence by use of optimal prefilters.
Original languageEnglish
Issue number12
Pages (from-to)2665-2670
StatePublished - 2011
CitationsWeb of Science® Times Cited: 6


  • Controller tuning, Direct tuning, Iterative schemes, Iterative Feedback Tuning
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