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Comparable analysis of PID controller settings in order to ensure reliable operation of active foil bearings
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Polish Academy of Sciences, Institute of Fluid Flow Machinery, ul. Fiszera 14, 80-283 Gdansk, Poland
Gdansk University of Technology, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Ship Technology, Institute of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering, ul. Gabriela Narutowicza 11/12, 80-233 Gdansk, Poland
Gdańsk University of Technology, Digital Technologies Center, ul. Gabriela Narutowicza 11/12, 80-233 Gdańsk, Poland
Gdańsk University of Technology, Department of Intelligent Control and Decision Support Systems, Faculty of Electrical and Control Engineering, ul. Gabriela Narutowicza 11/12, 80-233 Gdańsk, Poland
Publication date: 2022-06-30
Eksploatacja i Niezawodność – Maintenance and Reliability 2022;24(2):377–385
  • An optimization of controller parameter to prevent failures.
  • Prediction the behaviour of an active foil bearing controlled by PID controller.
  • The stochastic and hybrid algorithms were used for optimization.
  • This work could help prevent failures of active foil bearing.
In comparison to the traditional solutions, active bearings offer great operating flexibility, ensure better operating conditions over a wider range of rotational speeds and are safe to use. In order to ensure optimum bearing performance a bearing control system is used that adapts different geometries during device operation. The selection of optimal controller parameters requires the use of modern optimization methods that make it possible to quickly achieve the assumed parameters. This article presents the method that has been employed to select the parameters of a proportional integral derivative (PID) controller, in which both stochastic algorithms and hybrid methods have been compared. The results show that all of the used algorithms were able to reach the global optimum but only the hybrid algorithm was repeatable in all runs within a low value of the standard deviation. The best solution will be proposed in the future to control an active foil bearing. Analysing of this paper would help to prevent failures of active foil bearing used in the designed rotating machine.
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