Control of accumulator in a continuous processing line

Crawford-Ross, Michael Richard (2008) Control of accumulator in a continuous processing line. [USQ Project]


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[Abstract]: Continuous processing lines are used in various manufacturing industries including aluminium, paper and steel. Common processes include annealing, pickling, metal
coating, hot dip galvanizing, and painting. A standard design feature incorporated by continuous processing line manufacturers is the inclusion of an accumulator at the entry and exits points of the processing section to ensure its continuous operation.

Continuous processing of strip and product quality are key performance targets for operating continuous processing lines. Uncontrolled tension transients in the strip will
normally result in poor product quality which can be attributed to poor performance from an accumulator control system. Thus, the optimal method of controlling an accumulator in a continuous processing line is a significant and important issue.

This dissertation presents an analysis of methods for controlling an accumulator to minimise potential sources of disturbance. The analysis included modelling the accumulator dynamics and simulation with popular industrial control methods. Initially a base case was established using a proportional + integral + derivative controller
(PID), which is the current standard for industrial control. The base case was used as the benchmark prior to simulation and analysis of alternative or less conventional
industrial controllers.

A key emphasis of this dissertation is an association to a real world problem. The project results suggest that the classical PID controller is more suited to this application
than the alternatives included in the analysis.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2009 02:46
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:24
Uncontrolled Keywords: PID controller; control methods; accumulator; continuous processing line
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090602 Control Systems, Robotics and Automation
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4007 Control engineering, mechatronics and robotics > 400799 Control engineering, mechatronics and robotics not elsewhere classified

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