The use of genetic algorithms for nonlinear controller design

Alfaro-Cid, E., McGookin, E.W. and Murray-Smith, D.J. (2001) The use of genetic algorithms for nonlinear controller design. Acta Polytechnica, 41(4/5), pp. 13-19.

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The optimisation of nonlinear controller parameters by genetic algorithm (GA) is explored in this paper. The type of nonlinear controller that is considered is derived from sliding mode control theory, which is known for its robust properties. The GA technique for optimisation has developed from its foundation in Darwinian evolution into a powerful optimisation algorithm that can be used for parametric design. Both sliding mode control theory and GA theory are presented. The use of an elite GA for sliding mode controller parameter optimisation is illustrated by means of an example which involves the design of a heading controller for a scale model of a supply ship. A GA optimised controller solution is presented. The performance of this controller is illustrated through simulation studies and trials in a model ship water tank facility. These evaluations illustrate that both the sliding model control law and GA technique are effective design methods for automated design for nonlinear controllers.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:ship control, PID controller, genetic algorithm optimisation
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McGookin, Dr Euan and Murray-Smith, Professor David
Authors: Alfaro-Cid, E., McGookin, E.W., and Murray-Smith, D.J.
Subjects:Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
V Naval Science > VM Naval architecture. Shipbuilding. Marine engineering
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:Acta Polytechnica
Publisher:Czech Technical University in Prague

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