Robust anti-windup control of SISO systems

Murray Kerr, Matthew Turner, Ian Postlethwaite

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    This paper provides some perspectives on the robust anti-windup (AW) control problem by focusing on the simplest case of AW compensation for uncertain linear single-input-single-output (SISO) systems. Using Quantitative Feedback Theory (QFT)-style frequency domain analysis, and through numerical examples, it is shown that even for simple systems, certain popular AW techniques may fail to provide robust stability when saturation is encountered. A QFT-based AW method, in which uncertainty is explicitly incorporated into the design procedure, is revised to employ less conservative stability multipliers and employed to overcome these robustness deficiencies. Through a robust AW example the paper highlights: the importance of explicitly designing the AW controller to be robust to system uncertainty; the potential failure in designing for robustness based on only the nominal plant, with IMC AW shown to unstable in one case; and the significant reduction in the problem difficulty that can arise from the use of less conservative saturation multipliers.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2010
    EventAmerican Control Conference (ACC) 2010 - Baltimore, Maryland
    Duration: 1 Jan 2010 → …


    ConferenceAmerican Control Conference (ACC) 2010
    Period1/01/10 → …


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