Many industrial processes have the dynamics of an integrator plus dead time and are called integral processes with dead time. The most well-known examples are tanks, where the level is controlled by using the difference between the input and output flow rates as a manipulated variable, batch distillation columns, data communication networks, supply chain management processes, etc. These processes are not asymptotically stable (namely, they are not self-regulating), and therefore their control requires special attention. For this reason, many techniques have been proposed in the literature. In this chapter, some examples of integral processes with dead time are described, and then an overview of the book is given.
KeywordsDead Time Asynchronous Transfer Mode Manipulate Variable Internal Model Control Smith Predictor
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