High-Performance Control of Dual-Inertia Servo-Drive Systems Using Low-Cost Integrated SAW Torque Transducers

Tim M. O'Sullivan, Chris M. Bingham, Nigel Schofield

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This paper provides a systematic comparative study of compensation schemes for the coordinated motion control of two-inertia mechanical systems. Specifically, classical proportional-integral (PI), proportional-integral-derivative (PID), and resonance ratio control (RRC) are considered, with an enhanced structure based on RRC, termed RRC+, being proposed. Motor-side and load-side dynamics for each control structure are identified, with the "integral of time multiplied by absolute error" performance index being employed as a benchmark metric. PID and RRC control schemes are shown to be identical from a closed-loop perspective, albeit employing different feedback sensing mechanisms. A qualitative study of the practical effects of employing each methodology shows that RRC-type structures provide preferred solutions if low-cost high-performance torque transducers can be employed, for instance, those based on surface acoustic wave technologies. Moreover, the extra degree of freedom afforded by both PID and RRC, as compared with the basic PI, is shown to be sufficient to simultaneously induce optimal closed-loop performance and independent selection of virtual inertia ratio. Furthermore, the proposed RRC+ scheme is subsequently shown to additionally facilitate independent assignment of closed-loop bandwidth. Summary attributes of the investigation are validated by both simulation studies and by realization of the methodologies for control of a custom-designed two-inertia system.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1667920
Pages (from-to)1226-1237
Number of pages12
JournalIEEE Transactions on Industrial Electronics
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2006
Externally publishedYes


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