Feedback linearizing control using hybrid neural networks identified by sensitivity approach

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Globally linearizing control (GLC) is a control algorithm capable of using nonlinear process model directly. In GLC, mostly, first-principle models derived from dynamic mass, energy and momentum balances are used. When the process is not perfectly known, the unknown parts of the first principles model should be represented by black-box models, e.g. by neural networks. This paper is devoted to the identification and application of such hybrid models for GLC. It is shown that the first principles part of the model determines the dominant structure of the controller, while the black-box elements of the hybrid model are used as state and/or disturbance estimators. For the identification of the neural network elements of the hybrid model a sensitivity approach based algorithm has been developed. The underlying framework is illustrated by the temperature control of a continuous stirred tank reactor where a neural network is used to model the heat released by an exothermic chemical reaction.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)343-351
Number of pages9
JournalEngineering Applications of Artificial Intelligence
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2005



  • Globally linearizing control
  • Neural network
  • Semi-mechanistic models
  • Sensitivity approach

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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