Microprocessor based non-linear adaptive controller
The advent of microprocessors has created the possibility of developing low cost adaptive controllers for small process plants which in the past badly needed but could not afford such controllers. To examine the practicality of developing advanced low cost microprocessor based controller, this thesis describes the development of a non-linear adaptive controller for a nylon crimping plant which is a typical example of small process plants. In order to test the algorithm on site, an algorithm development/implement device basing on a novel multi-tasking concept was developed. This novel microprocessor based device can perform program development, on-line algorithm test and data logging at the same time, while, still maintaining its small size for easy transportation. When the control algorithm was fully developed and tested, a low cost dedicated controller using an Intel 8085 processor was designed to house the algorithm and as a direct replacement of the original analogue controller.