Rack feeders for the automated operation of high bay rackings are of high practical importance. They are characterized by a horizontally movable carriage supporting a tall and flexible vertical beam structure, on which a cage containing the payload can be positioned in vertical direction. To shorten the transport times by using trajectories with increased maximum acceleration and jerk values, accompanying control measures can be introduced counteracting or avoiding undesired vibrations of the flexible structure. In this contribution, both the control-oriented modeling for an experimental setup of such a flexible rack feeder and the model-based design of a gain-scheduled feedforward and feedback control structure are presented. Whereas, a kinematical model is sufficient for the vertical axis, the horizontal motion of the rack feeder is modeled as a planar elastic multibody system with the cage position as scheduling parameter. For the mathematical description of the bending deflections, a one-dimensional Ritz ansatz is introduced. The tracking control design is performed separately for both the horizontal and the vertical axes using decentralized state-space representations. Remaining model uncertainties are estimated by a disturbance observer. The resulting tracking accuracy of the proposed control concept is shown by measurement results from the experimental setup. Furthermore, these results are compared to those obtained with an alternative control concept from previous work.
Adaptive LQR-Control Design and Friction Compensation for Flexible High-Speed Rack Feeders
Contributed by the Design Engineering Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF COMPUTATIONAL AND NONLINEAR DYNAMICS. Manuscript received October 29, 2012; final manuscript received August 30, 2013; published online October 14, 2013. Assoc. Editor: Johannes Gerstmayr.
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Schindele, D., and Aschemann, H. (October 14, 2013). "Adaptive LQR-Control Design and Friction Compensation for Flexible High-Speed Rack Feeders." ASME. J. Comput. Nonlinear Dynam. January 2014; 9(1): 011011. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4025351
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