Predictive control design on an embedded robust output-feedback compensator for wind turbine blade-pitch preview control

Wai Hou Lio, J. A. Rossiter, Bryn Ll Jones

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The use of upstream wind measurements has motivated the development of blade-pitch preview controllers to improve rotor speed tracking and structural load reduction beyond that achievable via conventional feedback design. Such preview controllers, typically based upon model predictive control (MPC) for its constraint handling properties, alter the closed-loop dynamics of the existing blade-pitch feedback control system. This can result in the robustness properties of the original closed-loop system being no longer preserved. As a consequence, the aim of this work is to formulate a MPC layer on top of a given output-feedback controller, with a view to retaining the closed-loop robustness and frequency-domain performance of the latter. The separate nature of the proposed controller structure enables clear and transparent qualifications of the benefits gained by using preview and predictive control. This is illustrated by results obtained from closed-loop simulations upon a high-fidelity turbine, showing the performance comparison between a nominal feedback compensator and the proposed MPC-based preview controller.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 European Control Conference, ECC 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Publication date6 Jan 2017
Article number7810496
ISBN (Electronic)9781509025916
Publication statusPublished - 6 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes
Event2016 European Control Conference - Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 29 Jun 20161 Jul 2016
Conference number: 15


Conference2016 European Control Conference


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