You are here : Control System Design  Index  Book Contents  Chapter 16 16. Control Design Based on OptimisationPreviewThus far we have seen that design constraints arise from a number of different sources
The subtlety as well as complexity of the emergent tradeoff web into which the designer needs to ease a solution, motivates interest in what is known as criterion based control design or optimal control theory: the aim here is to capture the control objective in a mathematical criterion and solve it for the controller that (depending on the formulation) maximizes or minimizes it. Three questions arise:
Question (1) has an affirmative answer for a number of criterion. In particular, quadratic formulations tend to favor tractability. Also, the affine parameterization of Chapter 15 is a key enabler, since it renders the sensitivity functions affine in the sought variable, Q. The answer to question (2) has two facets: how good is the controller as measured by the criterion? Answer: it is optimal by construction; but how good is the resulting control loop performance as measured by the original performance specifications? Answer: as good, or as poor, as the criterion in use can capture the design intention and active tradeoffs. A poorly formulated criterion will simply yield a controller which optimally implements the poor design. However when selected well, a design criterion can synthesize a controller which would have been difficult to conceive of by the techniques covered thus far; this is particularly true for multivariable systems covered in the next part of the book. Question (3) is simply answered by no: all linear time invariant controllers, whether they were synthesized by trial and error, pole assignment or optimization, are subject to the same fundamental tradeoff laws. Summary
