Performance assessment of cascade control loopswith non-Gaussian disturbances using entropy information

Jianhua Zhang, Luyao Zhang, Junghui Chen, Jinliang Xu, Kang Li

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

14 Citations (Scopus)


Cascade control is one of the routinely used control strategies in industrial processes because it can dramatically improve the performance of single-loop control, reducing both the maximum deviation and the integral error of the disturbance response. Currently, many control performance assessment methods of cascade control loops are developed based on the assumption that all the disturbances are subject to Gaussian distribution. However, in the practical condition, several disturbance sources occur in the manipulated variable or the upstream exhibits nonlinear behaviors. In this paper, a general and effective index of the performance assessment of the cascade control system subjected to the unknown disturbance distribution is proposed. Like the minimum variance control (MVC) design, the output variances of the primary and the secondary loops are decomposed into a cascade-invariant and a cascade-dependent term, but the estimated ARMA model for the cascade control loop based on the minimum entropy, instead of the minimum mean squares error, is developed for non-Gaussian disturbances. Unlike the MVC index, an innovative control performance index is given based on the information theory and the minimum entropy criterion. The index is informative and in agreement with the expected control knowledge. To elucidate wide applicability and effectiveness of the minimum entropy cascade control index, a simulation problem and a cascade control case of an oil refinery are applied. The comparison with MVC based cascade control is also included.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-80
Number of pages13
JournalChemical Engineering Research and Design
Early online date21 Jul 2015
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015


Dive into the research topics of 'Performance assessment of cascade control loopswith non-Gaussian disturbances using entropy information'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this