Learning feedforward control of a flexible beam

W.J.R. Velthuis, T.J.A. de Vries, J. van Amerongen

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    Servo control is usually done by means of model-based feedback controllers, which has two difficulties: 1) the design of a well performing feedback controller requires extensive and time consuming modelling of the process; and 2) by applying feedback control a compromise has to be made between performance and robust stability. The learning feedforward controller (LFFC) may help to overcome these difficulties. The LFFC consists of a feedback and a feedforward controller. The feedback controller is designed such that robust stability is guaranteed, while the performance is obtained by the feedforward controller. The feedforward controller is a function approximator that is adapted on the basis of the feedback signal. The LFFC is applied to a flexible robot arm, which has complex dynamics and unknown properties, such as friction. A stability analysis of the (idealised) LFFC is presented. Simulation experiments (with a non-idealised LFFC) confirm the results of this analysis and show that without extensive modelling a good performance can be obtained
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 1996
    EventIEEE International Symposium on Intelligent Control, 1996 - Dearborn, MI, USA
    Duration: 15 Sept 199618 Sept 1996


    OtherIEEE International Symposium on Intelligent Control, 1996
    OtherSeptember 15-18,1996


    • Intelligent control
    • Neural control
    • Adaptation
    • Spline networks
    • Flexible beams
    • Stability analysis


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