The performance comparison of fuzzy logic control and sliding mode control for position control of a pneumatic actuator for different operative conditions is presented in this article. A virtual model of a pneumatic actuation system is developed using comprehensive mathematical model of the system. A fuzzy logic controller and a sliding mode controller are developed for positioning the piston at different linear displacements for different loading conditions. The virtual model is employed for obtaining the transient and steady state positional response of the pneumatic actuator by implementing the two controllers one by one. The results show that fuzzy controller results in better piston positional response for combinations of lower payloads and smaller linear displacements, whereas sliding mode controller is more effective for combinations of higher payloads and larger displacements.

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