Nonlinear Control Output Signal Characterization

Nonlinear Control Output Signal Characterization
R. Russell Rhinehart
15 min
Article / Blog

If the process gain makes large changes over the operating range, then tuning PID (or other linear) controllers is difficult.  If tuned for one region, the controller is undesirably sluggish or aggressive in another. 

However, where the static nonlinearity can be characterized by the controller output, and the process dynamic response remains relatively unaffected, output characterization is the recommended solution to linearize the loop response, to create a constant loop gain, and solve the tuning problem.



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