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Linear and nonlinear control of a power take-off simulation for wave energy conversion.

Taylor, C. James and Stables, M. A. and Cross, Philip and Gunn, K. and Aggidis, George A. (2009) Linear and nonlinear control of a power take-off simulation for wave energy conversion. In: 8th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference. .

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This article focuses on control of the power take off (PTO) element of a point absorber wave energy converter. The research is based on a nonlinear simulation of a PTO hydraulic circuit, in which the piston velocity and generator torque act as `disturbance' and control actuator variables respectively, whilst the damping force is the controlled output variable. The piston velocity is generated by a hydrodynamic simulation model that reacts to both the damping force and sea wave profile. The damping force set point will be obtained from an associated power capture optimisation module and may be time varying. However, it is clear that such an adaptive tuning system also requires high performance `low-level' control of the device actuators, in order to fully realise the benefits of optimisation. In this regard, the present article illustrates use of the Proportional-Integral-Plus (PIP) control methodology as applied to the PTO simulation. In their simplest linear form, such PIP controllers do not account for the interconnected system variables mentioned above. For this reason, the research also considers `feed-forward' and `state-dependent' forms of PIP control, in which the piston velocity is appended to a non-minimal state space representation of the system.

Item Type: Contribution in Book/Report/Proceedings
Uncontrolled Keywords: SUPERGEN ; power take off simulation ; optimal control ; non-minimal state space
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Departments: Faculty of Science and Technology > Engineering
Faculty of Science and Technology > Physics
ID Code: 49419
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 04 Aug 2011 10:58
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2018 00:04
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