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A comparative study of VRFT and set-membership data-driven controller design techniques: active suspension tuning case

A comparative study of VRFT and set-membership data-driven controller design techniques: active suspension tuning case

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In this chapter, we compare two approaches to the data-driven control (DDC) design problem. In this framework, the controllers are directly identified from data avoiding the plant identification step. The analyzed approaches are virtual reference feedback tuning (VRFT) and set-membership tuning (SMT) controller. They differ in the assumptions about the noise affecting the experimental data and the criteria to select an optimal controller. The former strategy assumes an stochastic description of the unknown signals, while the latter imposes an unknown but bounded (UBB) noise structure. Both methodologies are described and their main theoretical results are reported. The two approaches are evaluated on an experimental case study, consisting of the controller tuning for an active suspension (AS) system. Three Monte Carlo experiments are performed, where 100 controllers are derived from data affected by measurement noise using both methods, and their performance is evaluated on the experimental test-bench. Results show that both approaches offer a similar performance when the size of the dataset is much larger than the dimension of the controller parameters vector. However, for reduced datasets, the SMT approach gives consistent results while the VRFT method is not able to extract useful information. The same behavior is observed when the two approaches are applied to datasets affected by process disturbances. It is observed that the root mean squared error of the resulting loops can be up to 30 times lower using the set membership method for reduced datasets.

Chapter Contents:

  • 9.1 Introduction
  • 9.2 Problem statement
  • 9.3 Controller tuning from data
  • 9.3.1 Set-membership approach
  • 9.3.2 Tuning via VRFT
  • 9.4 Active suspension tuning case study
  • 9.4.1 Controller tuning problem
  • 9.4.2 Monte Carlo experiment
  • 9.4.3 Process disturbance experiment
  • 9.5 Conclusions
  • Acknowledgment
  • References

Inspec keywords: suspensions (mechanical components); identification; Monte Carlo methods; control system synthesis; optimal control; mean square error methods; feedback; vehicle dynamics

Other keywords: analyzed approaches; virtual reference feedback tuning; experimental case study; experimental data; comparative study; VRFT method; measurement noise; unknown signals; optimal controller; set membership method; set-membership data-driven controller design techniques; controller tuning; active suspension system; main theoretical results; consistent results; experimental test-bench; set-membership tuning controller; data-driven control design problem; controller parameters vector; plant identification step; unknown but bounded noise structure; SMT approach; active suspension tuning case

Subjects: Other topics in statistics; Vehicle mechanics; Optimal control; Mechanical components; Interpolation and function approximation (numerical analysis); Control system analysis and synthesis methods

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