Modeling and Control of Electromechanical Valve Actuator 2002-01-1106
In this paper recent control developments for an electromechanical valve actuator will be presented. The model-based control methodology utilizes position feedback, a nonlinear observer that provides virtual sensing of the armature velocity and current, and cycle-to-cycle learning. The controller is based on a nonlinear state-space description of the actuator that is derived based on physical principles and parameter identification. A bench-top experimental setup and a rapid control prototyping system are used to quantify the actuator performance. Experiments are conducted to measure valve release timing, transition times, and contact velocities for open- and closed-loop control schemes. Simulation results are presented for a feed-forward cycle-to-cycle learning controller.