Robust Fault Estimation and Fault-Tolerant Control for Discrete-Time Systems Subject to Periodic Disturbances

Yuxiang Hu, Xuewu Dai*, Yunkai Wu, Bin Jiang, Dongliang Cui, Zhian Jia

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To enhance the reliability of digital automation systems in the Industry 4.0 era, this paper investigates a robust fault-tolerant control scheme in the discrete-time domain subject to periodic disturbances, consisting of a fault estimator, dynamic disturbance compensation loop, and fault-tolerant controller. The fault estimator simultaneously estimates both the system states and actuator/sensor faults. The existence and stability conditions of the proposed estimator are given, and a robust design method is proposed to make the state estimates robust to disturbances. To further reduce the estimation errors caused by periodic disturbances, a novel disturbance compensation loop is introduced and is optimized by a joint zero-assignment and pole-optimization method to delicately compensate for the adverse impacts of periodic input disturbances. The proposed robust fault-tolerant controller uses fault estimation to ensure fast recovery in the event of bounded actuator/sensor faults. The proposed scheme is evaluated through simulations of a two-wheeled mobile robot subject to periodic disturbances and simultaneous abrupt inclination angular sensor and ramp actuator faults, where its performance is shown to exceed that of existing methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2982-2994
Number of pages13
JournalIEEE Transactions on Circuits and Systems I: Regular Papers
Issue number7
Early online date9 May 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2023

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