Robust force control of a hybrid actuator using quantitative feedback theory

K.K. Ahn, N.H.T. Chau, Dinh Truong

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    The use of hydraulic systems in industrial applications has become widespread due to their advantages in efficiency. In recent years, hybrid actuation systems, which combine electric and hydraulic technology into a compact unit have been adapted to a wide variety of force, speed and torque requirements. A hybrid actuation system resolves energy consumption and noise problems characteristic of conventional hydraulic systems. A new, low-cost hybrid actuator using a DC motor is considered to be a novel linear actuator with various applications such as robotics, automation, plastic injection-molding, and metal forming technology. However, this efficiency gain is often accompanied by a degradation of system stability and control problems. In this paper, to satisfy robust performance requirements, tracking performance specifications, and disturbance attenuation requirements, the design of a robust force controller for a new hybrid actuator using Quantitative Feedback Theory (QFT) is presented. A family of plant models is obtained from measuring frequency responses of the system in the presence of significant uncertainty. Experimental results show that the hybrid actuator can achieve highly robust force tracking even when environmental stiffness set-point force varies. In addition, it is understood that the new system reduces energy use, even though its response is similar to that of a valve-controlled system.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2048-2058
    JournalJournal of Mechanical Science and Technology
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 2007


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