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Robust Generic Model Control For Dissolved Oxygen In Activated Sludge Wastewater Plant

Croatian Society of Chemical Engineers; [email protected]
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  • Aerobic Process
  • Do Regulation
  • Generic Model Control
  • Uncertainty Estimation
  • Robust Performance
  • Design


The main issue of this paper is the design of a class of SISO robust control law for the regulation of dissolved oxygen (DO) of an industrial Activated Sludge Wastewater Plant via the air flow rate (non-affine control input). The control design is related with an uncertainty estimator (reduced order observer) based Generic Model Control (GMC). The desired dissolved oxygen trajectory is proposed as a Proportional-Integral (PI) form of the regulation error and the modeling error related with the respiration rate and the oxygen mass transfer coefficient are on-line estimated with a reduced order observer, these structures produce a feedback/feed forward regulator which is robust against model uncertainties and disturbances. The system’s closed-loop behavior is analyzed via the estimation error and regulation error dynamics. The performance of the proposed control law is illustrated with numerical simulations, comparing the proposed controller with a well-tuned PI controller.

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