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Fuzzy logic controller and real-time implementation of a ball balancing beam
Author(s): Kim C. Ng; Mohan M. Trivedi
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Paper Abstract

A ball balancing beam is a nonlinear dynamic system which is quite difficult to control using convention methods since some special mathematical techniques and control theory knowledge are required to derive the equations. There are difficult issues in this system: it has delayed feedback associated with control actions; and the 'jumping ball' phenomenon brings sensor uncertainty. Balancing is essential in carrying out robotic tasks such as transporting dynamic system. Relative to conventional controllers, a fuzzy logic controller requires less mathematical derivation in design; it has high noise tolerance, probably gravity independence, and it is portable to other scales of same system setup such as with a shorter beam or a heavier ball. In this paper, membership function construction, and fuzzy rule generation are discussed in detail. The hardware setup is shown. In addition, ways to overcome feedback delays and noisy signals are presented. Finally, the performance of the fuzzy controller will be evaluated and compared to conventional and neural network controllers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 June 1995
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2493, Applications of Fuzzy Logic Technology II, (13 June 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.211809
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Kim C. Ng, Univ. of Tennessee/Knoxville (United States)
Mohan M. Trivedi, Univ. of Tennessee/Knoxville (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2493:
Applications of Fuzzy Logic Technology II
Bruno Bosacchi; James C. Bezdek, Editor(s)

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