Robust nonlinear control design of distributed process systems with input constraints

Antonio A. Alonso, Yannis Kevrekidis, Eva Balsa-Canto, Julio R. Banga

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This paper presents a control design approach for nonlinear distributed process systems. The approach is developed on the framework of a thermodynamic formalism that exploits convexity of exergy-like functions and dissipation to derive passivity conditions for process systems. In our case, however, the convex function candidate is part of the controller design problem and will be selected as that which reduces/minimizes non-dissipative effects. On this framework, control implementation issues such as finite number of inputs, outputs and input saturation, will be discussed. In this regard, criteria for appropriate sensor/actuator placement and stability preservation under constrained inputs are given.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)477-482
Number of pages6
JournalIFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline)
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2002
Event15th World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control, 2002 - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: Jul 21 2002Jul 26 2002

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering


  • Convex extensions
  • Distributed process systems
  • Input constraints
  • Nonlinear control design
  • Sensor/actuator placement

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