System identification and control of the broken river

Mathias Foo, Su Ki Ooi, Erik Weyer

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    In this paper, control system designs are proposed for the Broken River in Victoria, Australia. The aim of the control system is to improve water resource management and operation for the benefit of irrigators and the environment. Both centralized and decentralized control schemes are considered. The decentralized scheme consists of a number of PI and I controllers, while the centralized scheme is a model predictive controller. The controllers are designed based on simple models obtained using system identification methods. In a realistic simulation scenario, the control systems compared very favorably with current manual operation offering increased operational flexibility with a significant potential for substantial water savings, improved level of service to irrigators, and improved environmental benefits. © 2013 IEEE.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)618-634
    Number of pages17
    JournalIEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology
    Issue number2
    Early online date23 Apr 2013
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014

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    • Control systems
    • environmental systems
    • model predictive control (MPC)
    • modeling
    • river systems
    • system identification


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