Actuator stiction compensation via variable amplitude pulses.ISA Trans 2018; 73:239-248IT
A novel model free stiction compensation scheme is developed which eliminates the oscillations and also reduces valve movement, allowing good setpoint tracking and disturbance rejection. Pulses with varying amplitude are added to the controller output to overcome stiction and when the error becomes smaller than a specified limit, the compensation ceases and remains in a standby mode. The compensation re-starts as soon as the error exceeds the user specified threshold. The ability to cope with uncertainty in friction is a feature achieved by the use of pulses of varying amplitude. The algorithm has been evaluated via simulation and by application on an industrial DCS system interfaced to a pilot scale process with features identical to those found in industry including a valve positioner.