First order plus time delay model is widely used to model systems with S-shaped reaction curve. Its generalized form is the use of a single fractional pole to replace the first order (single-time constant) model, which is believed to better characterize the reaction curve. Using time delayed system model with a fractional pole as the starting point, in this paper, designing fractional order controllers for this class of fractional order systems is investigated. The novelty of this paper is on designing the integer order PID and fractional order PI and [PI] controllers for these class of systems. The simulation and lab experimental results are both included to illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed tuning method. By comparing the results of PID controller, fractional order PI and [PI] controllers, the advantages of the fractional order controller are clearly demonstrated in the case of controlling the single fractional pole plants with constant time delay.

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