Automated methods for deriving dynamic models from frequency response data of high-order dynamics systems are the default choice of most engineers. However, these methods themselves often require manual tuning of weighting parameters, a priori selection of system order, and even by hand removal of extraneous dynamics. On the other hand, manually matching complicated features in the Bode plot of the frequency response of high-order system is difficult with conventional first and second order numerators and denominators. In this papers we present a manual technique for systematically creating a dynamic model from Bode plots of frequency response data with complicated features. We apply the method to identifying dynamics of a piezoelectric stage holding the sample of an atomic force microscope (AFM). We show the manual method works better than the tfest command of Matlab™ for this example system.

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