Example: PID Design Method for the DC Motor Position

Proportional control
PID control
Tuning the gains

From the main problem, the dynamic equations in transfer function form are the following:

and the system schematic looks like:

For the original problem setup and the derivation of the above equations, please refer to the Modeling a DC Motor page.

With a 1 rad/sec step reference, the design criteria are:

Now let's design a PID controller and add it into the system. First create a new m-file and type in the following commands(refer to main problem for the details of getting those commands).

Recall that the transfer function for a PID controller is:

Proportional control

Let's first try using a proportional controller with a gain of 1.7. Add the following code to the end of your m-file:

To determine the closed-loop transfer function, we use the cloop command. Add the following line to your m-file: Note that numc and denc are the numerator and the denominator of the overall closed-loop transfer function.

Now let's see how the step response looks. Add the following to the end of your m-file, and run it in the command window:

You should get the following plot:

Now lets take a look at the step disturbance response. Add the following to the end of your m-file, and run it in the command window:

You should get the following plot:

PID control

From the plots above we see that although the steady-state error looks good the settling time is too large, as is the overshoot. We also see that the steady-state error to a disturbance is large. Recall from PID tutorial page that adding an integral term will eliminate the steady-state error and a derivative term will reduce the overshoot. Let's first try a PI controller to get rid of the disturbance steady state error. Change your m-file so it looks like:

You should get the following step response:

Lets see what happened to the step disturbance response, add the following to your m-file:

You should get the following plot:

Tuning the gains

The settling time is still too long. Let's increase the gains in order to speed up the response. Go back to your m-file and change Ki to 200 and Kp to 17. Rerun the file and you should get plots like these:

Now we see that the response is faster than before, but the large Ki has worsened the transient response (big overshoot). Let's now try a PID controller to reduce the overshoot. Go back to the m-file and make the following changes to look at the step response.

Rerun it and you should get this plot:

Your step disturbance plot should look like this:

We now see that our step response looks really good, it has less than 16% overshoot and the settling time is roughly 40ms, and there is no steady-state error. However the step disturbance response is now really slow. Lets increase Ki to speed up the disturbance response. Change Ki to 600 in your m-file and rerun the file. You should get the following plots:

We now can see that the step response has a settling time of roughly 40ms, it has less than 16% overshoot, and it has no steady state error. The step disturbance response also has no steady state error. So now we know that if we use a PID controller with


all of our design requirements will be satisfied.

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