Distributed real-time control via the internet



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Texas A&M University


The objective of this research is to demonstrate experimentally the feasibility of using the Internet for a Distributed Control System (DCS). An algorithm has been designed and implemented to ensure stability of the system in the presence of upper bounded time-varying delays. A single actuator magnetic ball levitation system has been used as a test bed to validate the proposed algorithm. Experiments were performed to obtain the round-trip time delay between the host PC and the client PC under varying network loads and at different times. A digital real-time lead-lag controller was implemented for the magnetic levitation system. Upper bounds for the artificial and experimental round-trip time delay that can be accommodated in the control loop for the maglev system were estimated. The artificial time delay was based on various probabilistic distributions and was generated through MATLAB. To accommodate sporadic surges in time delays that are more than these upper bounds, a timeout algorithm with sensor data prediction was developed. Experiments were performed to validate the satisfactory performance of this algorithm in the presence of the bonded sporadic excessive time delays.