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Author:
Huang, Wei-Ping
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Department of Electrical and Biomedical Engineering
Year:
2018
Degree:
M.S.
Abstract:
This thesis investigates Quasilinear Control (QLC) of time-delay systems with nonlinear actuators and sensors and analyzes the accuracy of stochastic linearization for these systems. QLC leverages the method of stochastic linearization to replace each nonlinearity with an equivalent gain, which is obtained by solving a transcendental equation. The idea of QLC is to stochastically linearize the system in order to analyze and design controllers using classical linear control theory. In this thesis, the existence of the equivalent gain for a closed-loop time-delay system is discussed. To compute the equivalent gain, two methods are explored. The first method uses an explicit but complex algorithm based on delay Lyapunov equation to study the time-delay, while the second method uses Pade approximant. It is shown that, under a suitable criterion, Pade approximant can be effectively applied for QLC of time-delay systems. Furthermore, the method of Saturated-Root Locus (S-RL) is extended to nonlinear time-delay systems. It turns out that, in a time-delay system, S-RL always terminates prematurely as opposed to a delay-free system, which may or may not terminate prematurely. Statistical experiments are performed to investigate the accuracy of stochastic linearization compared to a system without time-delay. The impact of increasing the time-delay in the approach of stochastic linearization is also investigated. Results show that stochastic linearization effectively linearizes a nonlinear time-delay system, even though delays generally degrade accuracy. Overall, the accuracy remains relatively high over the selected parameters. Finally, this approach is applied to pitch control in a wind turbine system as a practical example of a nonlinear time-delay system, and its performance is analyzed to demonstrate the efficacy of the approach.