Temperature control in transport delay systems

Hearns, G. and Grimble, M.J. (2010) Temperature control in transport delay systems. In: 2010 American Control Conference ACC 2010, 2010-06-30 - 2010-07-02.

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A control architecture is proposed for temperature control in manufacturing applications based on the internal model principle. It is applied to a problem where the material exit temperature is to be controlled by changing the transportation speed to influence the amount of heat loss. The internal model is used to achieve a fast response with minimal overshoot. The controller tuning is carried out using constraints on the sensitivity function to map out the controller parameter region to achieve this performance. The robustness of the controller to parametric uncertainty is also considered. Results are shown from the application of this controller to the temperature controller for a hot strip rolling mill.