May 15–17, 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic
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Session 7D: Control Systems III

Title: Discrete-time models for control applications with FMI
Authors: Rüdiger Franke, Sven Erik Mattsson, Martin Otter, Karl Wernersson, Hans Olsson, Lennart Ochel and Torsten Blochwitz
Abstract:The paper proposes an extension of FMI 2.0 for the rigorous treatment of discrete-time models. This includes the introduction of discrete-time states, the declaration of clocks in the model description and an extension of the calling interface for the external activation of clocks by an importing environment. The synchronous discrete-time extension enables for the first time the synchronization of FMUs with the environment and with other FMUs. It specializes the existing generic event mechanism of FMI 2.0 and maps to synchronous features of Modelica. Discrete-time FMUs are needed for the generation of controller code from functional models. This paper outlines different use cases, including a simple PI controller, feed forward control with a nonlinear inverse model and nonlinear model predictive control. The FMI change proposal FCP-001 and the Modelica change proposal MCP-0024 describe the proposed extensions in more detail. Test implementations exist in the simulation tools Dymola and OpenModelica and in the importing optimization solver HQP. The use cases given in this paper served for further refinement of the change proposals and the test implementations.
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Title: Model-based Embedded Control using Rosenbrock Integration Methods
Authors: Hans Olsson, Sven Erik Mattsson, Martin Otter, Andreas Pfeiffer, Christoff Bürger and Dan Henriksson
Abstract:Directly generating controller code from models is important for model-based design. This paper will demonstrate how Dymola can generate embedded C-code for Modelica models – with several novel aspects, and demonstrate this for actual application examples. Specifically the paper will show that Dymola can generate embedded C-code designed to be easy to embed, with care about minimal foot-print, traceability, and straightforward integration in embedded platforms. The paper will focus on using Rosenbrock methods for index-1 problems (instead of the normal transformation to index-0) that allows Dymola to handle stiff systems in a way that both is theoretically sound and has an upper bound on the execution time per sample. The stiff systems in the control system often occur due to using an inverse (simplified) model of the real plant in the controller, and the paper will also propose to extend Modelica making it more straightforward to construct an inverse model of the plant in the controller.
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Title: Integration of complex Modelica-based physics models and discrete-time control systems: Approaches and observations of numerical performance
Authors: Kai Wang, Christopher Greiner and John Batteh
Abstract:As CAE simulations become more complex, the need for computational efficiency increases in order to provide timely solutions and analyses. One facet of this complexity is the integration of multiple software modeling tools and environments in order to utilize the most capable computational technologies for the different features of these complex system models. Physical plant models may be developed in Modelica and require variable step solvers to capture both fast and slow continuum dynamics while discrete time-based control systems may be developed in C-code or Simulink and require fixed time step solvers. Integrating these plant and control models into a single environment can result in computational inefficiencies due to conflicting solver time step requirements. This paper will discuss the integrated modeling of an automotive vapor compression air conditioning system and associated control systems over a dynamic drive cycle, and the associated numerical performance issues discovered, as well as some approaches taken to increase said performance.
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