A time-varying Q-filter design for iterative learning control

Douglas A. Bristow, Andrew Alleyne, Marina Tharayil

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Linear time-invariant (LTI) lowpass Q-filters are often employed in iterative learning control (ILC) algorithms to provide robustness to model uncertainty at the expense of learning bandwidth. Whenever high frequency control is necessary, such as motion commands with rapid changes, precision tracking requirements may not be met. In this work, we examine the use of linear time-varying (LTV) Q-filters to create a time-varying learning bandwidth. Single-input single-output LTI plants with repeating disturbances are considered. Stability analysis for the LTV Q-filter learning algorithm is developed and an LTV Q-filter design procedure is presented incorporating time-frequency analysis of the tracking error and optimization. This procedure is used to design an LTV Q-filter for a microscale robotic deposition manufacturing system. Simulation and experimental results are provided, which demonstrate that the designed LTV Q-filter results in faster convergence and lower converged error than the best LTI Q-filter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2007 American Control Conference, ACC
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)1424409888, 9781424409884
StatePublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes
Event2007 American Control Conference, ACC - New York, NY, United States
Duration: Jul 9 2007Jul 13 2007

Publication series

NameProceedings of the American Control Conference
ISSN (Print)0743-1619


Other2007 American Control Conference, ACC
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew York, NY


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