Hierarchical design of an electro-hydraulic actuator based on robust LPV methods

Balázs Németh, Balázs Varga, Péter Gáspár

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The paper proposes a hierarchical control design of an electro-hydraulic actuator, which is used to improve the roll stability of vehicles. The purpose of the control system is to generate a reference torque, which is required by the vehicle dynamic control. The control-oriented model of the actuator is formulated in two subsystems. The high-level hydromotor is described in a linear form, while the low-level spool valve is a polynomial system. These subsystems require different control strategies. At the high level, a linear parameter-varying control is used to guarantee performance specifications. At the low level, a control Lyapunov-function-based algorithm, which creates discrete control input values of the valve, is proposed. The interaction between the two subsystems is guaranteed by the spool displacement, which is control input at the high level and must be tracked at the low-level control. The spool displacement has physical constraints, which must also be incorporated into the control design. The robust design of the high-level control incorporates the imprecision of the low-level control as an uncertainty of the system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1429-1440
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Control
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 3 2015



  • control Lyapunov function
  • hierarchical design
  • linear parameter-varying systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications

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