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Robust Control of Crane with Perturbations

By Yiming Wu, He Chen and Tong Yang

Submitted: June 22nd 2017Reviewed: October 2nd 2017Published: December 20th 2017

DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.71383

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Abstract

In the presence of persistent perturbations in both unactuated and actuated dynamics of crane systems, an observer-based robust control method is proposed, which achieves the objective of trolley positioning and cargo swing suppression. By dealing with the unactuated and unknown perturbation as an augmented state variable, the system dynamics are transformed into a quasi-chain-of-integrators form based on which a reduced-order augmented-state observer is established to recover the perturbations appearing in the unactuated dynamics. A novel sliding manifold is constructed to improve the robust performance of the control system, and a linear control law is presented to make the state variables stay on the manifold in the presence of perturbations in unactuated dynamics. A Lyapunov function candidate is constructed, and the entire closed-loop system is proved rigorously to be exponentially stable at the equilibrium point. The effectiveness and robustness of the proposed observer-based robust controller are verified by numerical simulation results.

Keywords

  • underactuated systems
  • overhead cranes
  • observer-based control
  • Lyapunov methods
  • motion control

1. Introduction

Underactuated systems [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9] are now widely applied in modern industry. A crane system is a typical class of underactuated systems with strong state coupling. Due to inertia, when the trolley moves, the unactuated cargo swings back and forth, which affects the transporting efficiency and safety. Therefore, on the one hand, effective controllers are needed to transport the actuated trolley to desired positions. On the other hand, it is also necessary to eliminate residual vibrations of the unactuated cargo. Nevertheless, control problems of crane systems are still non-trivial and challenging since the system is underactuated without enough available control inputs.

In order to tackle control problems of crane systems, various control methods are proposed [10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38]. Specifically, Sun et al. [10, 11] present antiswing controllers to regulate the cargo position to the desired location asymptotically in the presence of ship roll and heave movements for offshore crane systems applied in modern ocean transportation and logistics. Moreover, existing methods also include input shaping [12, 13, 14, 15], feedback control [16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28], intelligent control [29, 30, 31, 32], and trajectory planning method [33, 34, 35, 36]. Specifically, several input shapers are designed to reduce payload swing of bridge crane systems [12, 13, 14, 15]. In Ref. [16], an energy-based output feedback control scheme is proposed, which achieves both precise trolley positioning and efficient payload swing elimination under control input constraints. In Ref. [17], a payload motion-based control approach is presented in the presence of system parameter uncertainties. In [18, 19, 20], non-linear controllers are designed on the basis of partial feedback linearization. In Ref. [21], visual feedback technology is used to achieve the control objective by using two handy cameras. Additionally, sliding mode control strategies are also widely applied to tackle crane system control problems [22, 23, 24, 25]. For example, Almutairi and Zribi [22] achieved the asymptotic stability of the closed-loop overhead crane system by proposing a sliding mode control scheme. Xi and Hesketh [23] addressed an integral sliding mode control method for discrete time crane systems with both matched and unmatched uncertainties to ensure the existence of sliding mode in the presence of uncertainties. Based on second-order sliding modes, Bartolin et al. [24] guaranteed a fast and precise payload transferring and swing suppression. Ngo and Hong [25] developed an adaptation law with a varying control gain that transits the system into the designed sliding mode. Moreover, in practical applications, cranes always suffer from unknown or uncertain system parameters (e.g., payload weight changes, varying rope lengths, etc.). Then adaptive control schemes are applied to address these problems [26, 27, 28]. Sun et al. [26] addressed the crane antiswing and positioning problem in the presence of payload hoisting/lowering and uncertain parameters with simultaneous payload weight identification. Park et al. [27] proposed an adaptive sliding-mode antisway control law with system uncertainties and high-speed hoisting motion. Sun et al. [28] designed an adaptive control scheme to deal with the control problem of tower crane systems with parametric uncertainties without approximating the non-linear dynamics. There are also some intelligent control methods applied in crane systems such as fuzzy control [29, 30], genetic algorithm [31], and neural network [32]. According to the operating experience of real cranes, it is also essential to design suitable trajectories for the system states (positions, velocities, and accelerations). Then, tracking controllers can be used to track the trajectories. In addition to closed-loop control design, many studies also focus on the trajectory planning part and achieve meaningful results [33, 34, 35, 36]. Uchiyama et al. [33] generated an S-curve trajectory numerically, which can suppress the residual vibration without measuring it. Sun et al. [34] obtained an analytical three-segment acceleration trajectory. For given transferring task, the proposed trajectory planning method provides a mechanism to determine the parameters to ensure that all the transportation indexes are met. More recently, in Ref. [35], an optimal trajectory is generated with optimal energy consumption by using the proposed optimal planner. There are also antiswing control strategies proposed for double pendulum cranes [37, 38].

However, most of the existing methods for underactuated crane systems tackle the control problem without considering the perturbations in the unactuated dynamics. In practical applications, perturbations widely exist in both actuated and unactuated dynamics, which may be difficult to tackle by using existing methods. Note that in Ref. [23], integral sliding mode control method is proposed by considering perturbations in unactuated dynamics, but it is only designed for discrete-time systems by estimating the present disturbance signal with its past value. Therefore, in order to derive an effective method to achieve crane control in the presence of unknown persistent (even non-vanishing) perturbations in both unactuated and actuated dynamics, this chapter proposes an observer-based robust control method.

The main contribution of this chapter is as follows:

  1. According to whether the perturbation in the unactuated dynamics is vanishing or not, the control problem is stated in two cases. The observer-based robust controller designed in this chapter can achieve the control objectives for both cases.

  2. By dealing with the unactuated and unknown perturbation as an augmented state variable, an augmented error system is established based on which we design a reduced-order augmented state observer for the crane system to recover the perturbations appearing in the unactuated dynamics.

  3. Together with the observer, by constructing a new sliding manifold, a new observer-based sliding mode controller is developed.

The proposed controller is applicable to crane systems with unknown persistent perturbations in the unactuated dynamics and achieves robust control effectively.

The rest of this chapter is organized as follows. Section 2 describes the crane dynamics with persistent (even non-vanishing) perturbations and transforms the dynamics into a quasi-chain-of-integrators form for the convenience of controller design and stability analysis. Also, the control objective is stated in Section 2. Based on the model in Section 2, a reduced-order augmented-state observer and an observer-based control law are developed in Section 3. Then in Section 4, numerical simulation results are included to verify the effectiveness of the proposed controller. Section 5 summarizes the entire work of this chapter.

2. Problem formulation

The purpose of this chapter is to propose an effective method to achieve crane control in the presence of persistent (even non-vanishing) perturbations in both unactuated and actuated dynamics. The crane dynamics can be represented by the following equations (shown in Figure 1 ):

Figure 1.

The schematic diagram of an overhead crane system.

M+mx¨+mLθ¨cosθmLθ̇2sinθ=ufr+dx,E1
mL2θ¨+mLcosθx¨+mgLsinθ=dθ.E2

The system parameters are defined in Table 1 , and fr denotes the rail friction force expressed as follows:

fr=fr0tanhẋ/ϵkrẋẋ,E3

where f r0, ϵ, kr  ∈ R are friction parameters, which can be identified by offline experimental tests and data fitting. dx (t) and (t) denote the lumped term comprising external perturbations, unmodeled dynamics, the mismatch between the real girder friction and the friction compensation model shown in Eq. (3), and so forth.

System parameterPhysical significantUnit
MTrolley masskg
mCargo masskg
LCargo rotation radiusm
gGravity constantm/s2
xTrolley translational displacementm
θCargo rotational anglerad
uControl inputN

Table 1.

The system parameters of crane systems.

Considering the practical physical constraints, though the exact expressions for the lumped perturbation terms dx (t) and (t) are unknown, the following assumptions are reasonably made.

Assumption 1: The perturbation term dx (t) present in the actuated dynamics is bounded as dxtd¯x, where d¯xis a priori known. The unactuated perturbation term (t) is differentiable up to the n-th order; dθd¯θ, dθitd¯θi,i=1,2,,n1, where d¯θand d¯θiare priori known constants. It is also assumed that dθ3t0.

2.1. Crane model transformation

Before proceeding to describe the control objective, we perform several steps of transformations for the original crane dynamics shown in Eqs. (1) and (2) for the convenience of carrying out controller development and stability analysis in the subsequent section. Considering the fact of mL > 0, we divide both sides of Eq. (2) and make some arrangements to obtain the following equation:

x¨=gtanθLθ¨cosθ+dθmLcosθ.E4

Then one can substitute Eq. (4) into Eq. (1) and make some arrangements to obtain

M+msin2θLcosθθ¨δxδθamLθ̇2sinθM+mgtanθ=ufr,E5

where δx (t) and δθa (t) are defined as follows:

δx=dxcosθ(M+msin2θ)L,δθa=dθ(M+m)(M+msin2θ)mL2.E6

Based on Assumption 1, the upper bounds for δx (t) and δθa (t) are provided as:

δxδ¯x=d¯xMl,δθaδ¯θa=d¯θM+mMmL2.E7

In the view of the explicit expression of Eq. (5), a feedback linearization controller can be proposed as follows:

u=M+msin2θLcosθvmLθ̇2sinθM+mgtanθ+fr,E8

in which v(t) is a to-be-elaborated auxiliary control input. That is, once we derive the expression ofv(t), the ultimate controller u(t) can be conveniently obtained according to Eq. (8). By substituting Eq. (8) into Eq. (5), together with Eq. (4), the dynamic Eqs. (1) and (2) can be re-expressed in the following fashion:

x¨=gtanθLθ¨cosθ+dθmLcosθ,θ¨=v+δx+δθa.E9

Further, we define the following coordinate transformations:

φ1=x+Lln(secθ+tanθ)φ2=x+Lθ˙secθφ3=gtanθφ4=gθ˙sec2θE10

Then, it is straightforward to obtain the following dynamic equations:

φ̇1=φ2,φ̇2=φ3hφ3φ42+dθmLcosθ,φ̇3=ϕ4,φ̇4=gv+δx+δθasec2θ2gθ̇2sec2θtanθ.E11

In Eq. (11), the function h(φ 3) is with the definition as hφ3=lφ3g2+φ321.5hφ30.004L, where the value of the gravity constant is taken as g = 9.8 m/s2.

For practical applications, the cargo swing is always within 10 degrees, that is, ∣θ(t) ∣  ≤ π/18 rad. In this case, the approximations of sinθ ≈ tan θ ≈ θ and secθ = cos−1 θ ≈ 1 are valid. In this sense, φ 1(t) in Eq. (10) can be approximated as follows:

φ1tx+Lln1+θx+Lθ,E12

which is right at the horizontal position of the cargo. Also, the cargo swing angular velocity satisfies θ̇t<<1rad/s; considering that the wire length L‘s order of magnitude is usually 10 m, hφ3φ42=0.004Lg2θ̇2sec4θ0.384Lθ̇2sec4θ0holds; hence, hφ3φ42is negligible and can be incorporated as part of the unactuated lumped perturbation δθu (t) that will be introduced later. For simplicity of denotation, we define

φ1=x+,φ2=φ̇1.E13

Therefore, the crane dynamics can be described by

φ̇1=φ2,φ̇2=ϕ3+δθu,φ̇3=ϕ4,φ̇4=gv+δx+δθasec2θ2gθ̇2sec2θtanθ,E14

wherein δθu (t) represents the unactuated lumped perturbation term mainly consisting of/mL cos θ.

2.2. Control objective

For crane control during the transportation process (between the hoisting and lowering stages), the kernel objective is to transfer the cargo from its initial position to the desired position (destination) and then keep it stationary right above the destination so that further actions (e.g., lowering) can be taken.

Hence, the preliminary task is to make the cargo reach the destination by appropriately controlling the trolley motion, which can be mathematically depicted as follows:

φ1=x+pdx.E15

To make this process smooth enough, instead of set-point control (i.e., directly using pdx as the reference), we want the cargo to follow a smooth time-varying trajectory rx (t), which satisfies the following conditions:

limttf1rxt=pdx,rxiπ,i=1,2,3,4,E16

where t f1 denotes the consumed time for rx (t) to reachpdx , and πi (i = 1, 2, 3, 4) stands for the corresponding upper bound for the i-th order derivative forrx (t), respectively.

When there are no external perturbations appearing in the unactuated dynamics (that is, δθu  ≡ 0 in Eq. (14)), we need also to damp out the cargo swing θ(t) at the same time, namely,

θ0xpdx.E17

However, in the case of persistent, non-vanishing perturbations in the unactuated component (i.e., δθu (t) ≠ 0), there does not exist any control action that can completely damp out θ(t) while keeping the cargo stationary right above the destination. Suppose that there exists such a controller u (t) that could eliminate the cargo swing, namely,

θt=0,θ̇t=0ϕ3t=gtanθt=0,E18

and make the cargo stay stationary at the destination in the sense that

φ1t=pdx,φ̇1t=0,φ2t=0,φ̇2t=0,ttf2,E19

with t f2 being the settling time, then it would follow, by inserting Eq. (18) and Eq. (19) into the second equation of Eq. (14), that

δθu=φ̇2ϕ3=0,E20

which obviously contradicts with the fact that δθu  ≠ 0; thus the existence of such a controller u (t) is impossible. This fact illustrates the great challenge that will be faced with when controlling the crane system in the presence of persistent perturbations in the unactuated dynamics. On the other hand, since δθu (t) is usually unknown, the control problem becomes even more challenging.

Based on the analysis claimed above, in accordance with the fact whether δθu in the unactuated dynamics is vanishing or not, the control objective of this chapter is stated as follows:

  • Case 1. Non-vanishing perturbations in the unactuated dynamics. Drive the unactuated cargo to the desired destination and keep it stationary over the destination thereafter, that is,

limtφ1t=pdx,limtφ̇1t=0.E21
  • Case 2. Vanishing or no/negligible perturbations in the unactuated dynamics. Drive both the trolley and the unactuated cargo to the desired destination, in the sense that

limtφ1t=pdx,limtxt=pdx,limtφ̇1t=0,limtẋ=0limtθt=0,limtθ̇t=0.E22

To achieve the control objective, together with Eq. (16), let the following error signals be defined:

e1=φ1rx,e2=φ2ṙx,e3=ϕ3,e4=ϕ4.E23

Thus, we are led to the following open-loop error system:

ė1=e2,ė2=e3+δθur¨x,ė3=e4,ė4=gv+δx+δθasec2θ2gθ̇2sec2θtanθ,E24

which is the basis for the observer-controller design and analysis in the section that follows.

3. Main results

In order to achieve the control objective claimed in the previous section, we will propose a perturbation observer-based robust control scheme. More precisely, to deal with the unactuated unknown persistent perturbations, an augmented-state observer will be constructed. Then, we will present a novel robust control law, which can achieve superior control performance and provide the corresponding theoretical stability analysis.

3.1. Observer design

The fact that the perturbation term δθu (t) is unactuated and unknown brings much difficulty for the controller design and analysis and it makes traditional robust control methods not applicable. As a means to achieve the aforementioned control objective, it is required to figure out a suitable strategy that can deal with δθu (t). Toward this end, before controller development, we will first construct an augmented observer which can recover the lumped perturbation term δθu (t) appearing in the unactuated dynamics. Then, we treat δθu (t) as an augmented state variable. The benefit of doing so is that the perturbation observer design procedure would become more concise and clear. By following this line, the augmented error system for Eq. (24) is established as follows:

ė1=e2,ė2=e3+e5r¨x,ė3=e4,ė4=gv+δx+δθasec2θ2gθ̇2sec2θtanθ,ė5=e6,ė6=e7,ėn+1=0,y=e1E25

where we have considered δθu (t) as an augmented state variable e 5(t) and its derivatives as e 6(t), e 7(t), ⋯, e n + 1(t), and y(t) is the corresponding system output signal. In this chapter, the signals e 1(t), e 3(t) and e 4(t) are measurable, and we merely need to fabricate an observer with the aim of recovering the lumped perturbatione 5(t). In order to reduce the computational complexity, noting also that θx (t) and θθa (t) are unavailable for feedback, we intend to construct a reduced-order perturbation observer. For this purpose, consider the following subsystem:

ė2=e3+e5r¨x,ė5=e6,ė6=e7,ėn+1=0,y'=e2,E26

which is part of the augmented error system shown in Eq. (25), where y (t) is regarded as the new output. It is not difficult to check that the reduced-order augmented-state system shown in Eq. (26) is observable, and the detailed analysis can be found in Appendix A. Based on the structure of Eq. (26), we design the following reduced-order augmented-state observer:

ê̇2=e3+ê5r¨xλ2ê2y,ê̇5=ê6λ5ê2y,ê̇6=ê7λ6ê2y,ê̇n+1=λn+1ê2y,E27

where λ 2, λ 5, λ 6, ⋯, λ n + 1 denote the observer gains. Define the following error signals:

ξi=êiei,i=2,5,6,,n+1,E28

and denote the corresponding error vector by

t=ξ2tξ5tξ6tξn+1t.E29

Then, one can subtract Eq. (26) from Eq. (27) to derive the following observer error system:

ξ̇=Ωξ,E30

where Ω ∈  R (n − 2) × (n − 2) is defined as:

Ω=λ21000λ50100λ60000λn0001λn+10000.E31

As stated previously, the system shown in Eq. (26) is observable. Hence, without difficulty, we are admitted to choose a proper set of λ 2, λ 5, λ 6, ⋯, λ n + 1 conveniently via pole placement, such that Ω is a Hurwitz matrix with the eigenvalues’ real parts being different from each other. In this sense,

ξi=êiei0,i=2,5,6,,n+1,E32

exponentially fast, which indicates that the designed perturbation observer shown in Eq. (27) can online recover the perturbations.

In addition, it can be obtained from Eq. (30) that the trajectories of the observer error signals are represented by

ξ=expΩtξ0.E33

Since we have rendered, by proper pole placement, that the poles (i.e., the eigenvalues of Ω) of the closed-loop system shown in Eq. (30) have different negative real parts, there exists an invertible matrix Γ ∈ R (n − 2) × (n − 2) that can transform Ω into a diagonal matrix, that is,

Γ1ΩΓ=Λ,E34

where Λ = diag {λ 1, λ 2, ⋯, λ n ‐ 2} with λi , i = 1, 2, ⋯, n − 2 being the (n − 2) eigenvalues of Γ. Therefore, we can rewrite the exponential matrix exp(Ωt) and ξ (t) as [39]

exp(Ωt)=Γexp(Λt)Γ1ξ=Γexp(Λt)Γ1ξ(0).E35

Taking the Euclidean norm for both sides of Eq. (35), we are led to the following results:

ξ2=ΓexpΛtΓ1ξ02ΓexpΛtΓ1mξ02ΓmΓ1mexpΛtmξ02n2expλmaxtΓmΓ1mξ02,E36

where λ max = maxi = 1, 2, ⋯, n ‐ 2{λ i}, ‖⋅‖2 denotes the Euclidean norm, ‖⋅‖ m represents the m -norm for matrices1, which are compatible norms2. It is further implied from Eq. (36) that

ξitξ2ξ¯n2expλmaxtΓmΓ1mξ02.E37

Using the pole assignment technique, one can derive the values for λ 2, λ 5, λ 6, ⋯, λ n + 1 and the expression for Ω. Further, with the aid of such software as MATLAB, it is easy to calculate ‖Γ m  ⋅ ‖Γ −1 m ; hence, the bound for ∣ξi (t)∣, as shown in Eq. (37), can be computed without difficulty.

3.2. Controller development and stability analysis

To achieve robust control in the presence of uncertainties or external perturbations, we will develop a new observer-based sliding mode controller. The fundamental idea of the sliding mode control method is to construct a sliding manifold (surface) on which the system state is convergent and then develop a suitable control law that renders the state reaches the manifold within finite time. Traditionally, the key step is constructing an appropriate sliding surface, and the corresponding controller can usually be obtained straightforwardly.

However, the major drawback of most currently available sliding mode control methods is that they are merely capable of tackling uncertainties or perturbations in the actuated part, and when uncertainties or perturbations are present in the unactuated component, their performance will degrade significantly and even become unstable. To illustrate this point, we will show some brief analysis for the conventional sliding mode control approach. More precisely, for the open-loop error system shown in Eq. (24), one will design the conventional sliding manifold, denoted by ζ(t) in the following fashion:

ζ=e1+αe2+βe3+γe4,E38

where α, β, and γ are sliding slopes chosen such that the polynomial 1 + αs + βs 2 + γs 3 = 0 is Hurwitz, with s being the complex variable. It is not difficult to design a control law that drives the system state variables to ζ(t) such that ζ(t) = 0 after certain finite time tf3,i.e.,ζt=0,ζ̇t=0,ttf3. By recursively using the first three equations in Eq. (24) and regrouping the resulting terms, one can derive from ζ(t) = 0 and Eq. (38) that the state variable e 1(t) is dominated by the following dynamics on the sliding manifold:

e1+αė1+βe¨1+γe13=βr¨xδθuγrx3δ̇θu.E39

Clearly, if the perturbation terms δθut,δ̇θutappearing in the unactuated dynamics are non-vanishing, e 1(t) will never tend to zero.

As indicated from the above-mentioned analysis, to make sliding mode control applicable to crane systems with unknown persistent perturbations in the unactuated component, it is needed to construct a new sliding manifold to improve the robust performance of the control system. To do so, on the basis of the designed perturbation observer in the previous subsection, we design the following sliding manifold that will be used in the subsequent controller development:

ε=e1+αe2+β(e3+e^5r¨x)+γ(e4+e^6rx(3)).E40

where α, β, γ are defined in Eq. (38) and ê5t,ê6tare the observer-recovered signals for the lumped perturbation term [see Eq. (27)]. Before giving the expression for the auxiliary “control input” v(t), we first construct the following non-negative scalar function V(t):

V=12ε2=12e1+αe2+βe3+ê5r¨x+γe4e4+ê6rx(32.E41

The derivative of ε(t) with regard to time can be obtained as follows:

ε̇=e2+αe3+e5r¨x+βe4+ê6λ5ê2e2rx3γgv+δx+δθasec2θγ2gθ̇2sec2θtanθê7+λ6ê2e2+rx4,E42

where Eq. (25) and Eq. (27) have been employed for implications. Then, in view of the structure of Eq. (42), v(t) is developed in the following fashion:

v=1gγsec2θe2+αe3+ê5r¨xγrx4ê7+λ6ê2e2 +βe4+ê6λ5ê2e2rx3+kusignε2θ̇2tanθ+kasignεE43

where

kaδ¯x+δ¯θ,ku>αβξ¯.E44

are positive control gains [see Eqs. (7) and (37) for the definitions of δ¯x,δ¯θ, and ξ¯], and

sign=/,0,0,=0,E45

denote the standard sign function. We can further substitute Eq. (43) into Eq. (8) to obtain the ultimate control law as follows:

u=M+msin2θLgγsecθe2+αe3+ê5r¨xγrx4ê7+λ6ê2e2+βe4+ê6λ5ê2e2rx3+kusignϵ+gγsec2θ2θ̇2tanθkasignϵmLθ̇2sinθM+mgtanθ+fr.E46

The main results for the proposed control scheme are summarized by the theorem that follows.

Theorem 1. The designed control law shown in Eq. (46), together with the reduced-order augmented-state observer shown in Eq. (27), can achieve the control objective claimed by Case 1 in the case of unactuated persistent non-vanishing disturbances or Case 2 if the unactuated disturbances are vanishing/negligible.

Proof: Consider V(t) defined in Eq. (41) as a Lyapunov function candidate, and its time derivative is given by

V̇=εε̇.E47

By inserting Eq. (43) into the expression of ε̇tin Eq. (42) and regrouping the common terms, one can obtain the following equation:

ε̇ =αe5ê5βkusignεgγsec2θkusignε+δx+δθa=αξ5βkusignεgγsec2θkusignε+δx+δθa,E48

upon the use of the relationship in Eq. (28). Then, the following results are straightforward after the substitution of Eq. (48) into Eq. (47):

V̇=βkuεαξ5ε+gγsec2θku|ε|+δx+δθaεβkuα|ξ5|εgγsec2θka|δx|+|δθa|εβkuα|ξ5|2V,E49

where the gain conditions shown in Eq. (44) have been utilized. The conclusion of Eq. (49) indicates that V(t), and hence ε(t), converges to zero in finite time. Further, on the sliding manifold where ε(t) = 0, the system state variables satisfy the following dynamic equation array:

e1+αė1+βe¨1+γe13=βξ5γξ6,ξ̇=Ωξ.E50

As by pole assignment, the matrix Ω ∈ R (n − 2) × (n − 2) is Hurwitz, and α, β and γ also render 1 + αs + βs 2 + γs 3 = 0 Hurwitz; it is clearly seen that the entire closed system Eq. (50) is exponentially stable at the equilibrium point, and hence

e1t=φ1trx0,e2t=ė1t=φ̇1tṙx0ė2t=e¨1t0,e¨2t=e13t0,E51

exponentially fast, which indicates the cargo motion tracks the planned trajectory rx (t) in an exponential fashion. Since rx (t) tends to pdx within t f1 [see Eq. (16)], it is easily shown that

limtφ1t=pdx,limtφ̇1t=0,E52

which is just the result of Eq. (21). In addition, as r¨xt,rx3t0as t → 0 by definition [see Eq. (16)], it is implied by substituting the result of ė2t0into the second and third equations of Eq. (24) that

e3ė2δθuδθu,ė3e¨2δ̇θuδ̇θu,e4ė3δ̇θu,E53

wherein the conclusions in Eq. (52) have been employed. The results in Eq. (53) indicate that e3t,ė3tare convergent to their respective equilibriums drifted by the unactuated perturbations. Thus, the result of Case 1 stated in the control objective is proven.

Subsequently, we proceed to prove the result of Case 2 where the perturbation term δθu (t) in the unactuated dynamics is vanishing [i.e., δθu0,δ̇θu0] or negligible [i.e., δθut=0,δ̇θut=0]. Therefore, in such cases, it is straightforward to indicate from Eq. (53) that

e3=gtanθ0,e4=gθ̇sec2θ0θ=0,θ̇=0,E54

where the definitions in Eq. (10) and Eq. (23) have been used. According to the definition of ϕ 1(t) = x(t) + (t) given in Eq. (13), the results in Eq. (52) and Eq. (54) directly yield the following conclusions:

limtxt=pdx,limtẋt=0.E55

Collecting up Eqs. (52, 54, 55), the results claimed in Eq. (22) of Case 2 are hence proven. The entire theoretical proof for the theorem is completed.

4. Simulation verification

In this section, by using the MATLAB/Simulink software, some simulation results are included to verify the effectiveness of the proposed observer-based robust control method.

For the control objectives of the two cases stated in Eq. (21) and Eq. (22), the simulation is implemented through two groups as follows:

  • Group 1. The perturbations in the unactuated dynamics are non-vanishing. The perturbation (t) is set as a constant value (t) = 1 and a time-varying function (t) = 0.5 cos(0.1t), respectively.

  • Group 2. The perturbations in the unactuated dynamics are vanishing or negligible. The perturbation (t) is set as a time-varying function (t) = 1.5e t .

For all the cases, by setting the system parameters as M = 6 kg, m = 2.5 kg, L = 1.2 m, g = 9.8 m/s2, the controller parameters asλ 2 = 10, λ 5 = 30, λ 6 = 55, λ 7 = 25, α = 2, β = 1, γ = 0.2, ε = 0.01, ku  = 60, ka  = 0.1,and the to-be-tracked trajectory in Eq. (16) as rx (t) = 3.5, the simulation results are obtained and are shown in Figures 2 4 .

Figure 2.

The simulation results of the proposed controller when dθ (t) = 1 (solid line – simulation results, dash line – desired trajectory).

Figures 2 and 3 show the simulation results of Group 1 where the solid lines denote the simulation results and the dash lines denote the desired trajectories. In Figure 2 , the perturbation (t) is set as a constant value (t) = 1, and in Figure 3 , the perturbation is set as a time-varying function (t) = 0.5 cos(0.1t). It can be seen from Figures 2 and 3 that when there exist persistent (non-vanishing) perturbations in the unactuated dynamics, by applying the proposed controller, the unactuated cargo is driven to the desired destination and is kept stationary. Therefore, the objectives stated in Case 1 [see Eq. (21)] are achieved effectively. By dealing with the robust control for crane systems when the perturbations are non-vanishing, the results of Group 1 validate the robustness of the presented controller.

Figure 3.

The simulation results of the proposed controller when dθ (t) = 0.5 cos(0.1t) (solid line – simulation results, dash line – desired trajectory).

Figure 4 shows the results of Group 2. It is clear that the proposed observer-based robust control method can achieve the objectives stated in Case 2 [see Eq. (22)] that both the trolley and the unactuated cargo are driven to the desired destination, when there are no/negligible or vanishing perturbations (t) = 1.5e t in the unactuated dynamics.

Figure 4.

The simulation results of the proposed controller when dθ (t) = 1.5e −t (solid line – simulation results, dash line – desired trajectory).

To sum-up, the simulation results indicate that the proposed observer-based robust controller can achieve robust control in the presence of uncertainties or external perturbations, which is consistent with the theoretical analysis.

5. Concluding remarks

Considering unknown persistent perturbations in unactuated dynamics, this chapter designs an observer-based robust control method for underactuated crane systems. Specifically, a reduced-order augmented-state observer is designed to recover the lumped perturbation terms in unactuated dynamics. Further, based on the observer, a new sliding manifold is constructed to improve the robust performance of the control system. Then, the state variables are made to stay on the manifold by applying a designed robust control law in the presence of non-vanishing perturbations in unactuated dynamics. Finally, the convergence is proved in this chapter theoretically by using Lyapunov control theories. Moreover, the proposed observer-based robust controller is verified to be effective and robust by numerical simulation results.

The system shown in Eq. (26) can be rewritten as follows:

χ̇=Aχ+e3r¨x0000,y=CχE56

where the system variable vector χ(t) is defined as χ=ė2ė5ė6ėn+1. The system parameter matrix A ∈ R (n − 2) × (n − 2) and C ∈ R (n − 2) are

A=010000010000000000100000100000,C=10000.E57

Then, considering the observability criteria, we can first derive the observable matrix Ψ as follows:

Ψ=CCACA2CAn3=100000100000000000100000100000.E58

It is clear that Ψ ∈ R (n − 2) × (n − 2), whose rank is rank(Ψ) = A = n − 2. Thus, the system shown in Eq. (26) is observable.

Notes

  • For a square matrix A = (aij ) n × n  ∈ Rn × n n × n , ‖A‖ m ∞ = nmax i, j  ∣ aij ∣ is defined as the m ∞-norm for A.
  • A matrix norm ‖⋅‖ m  ∈ Rn × n n × n is said to be compatible with a vector norm ‖⋅‖ v  ∈ Rn n if ‖A x‖ v  ≤ ‖A‖ m  ⋅ ‖x‖ v , where A ∈ R n × n n × nand x ∈ R n n . It is not difficult to verify that the m ∞-norm for matrices is compatible with the Euclidean norm for vectors.

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Yiming Wu, He Chen and Tong Yang (December 20th 2017). Robust Control of Crane with Perturbations, Adaptive Robust Control Systems, Le Anh Tuan, IntechOpen, DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.71383. Available from:

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