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Model-Free Adaptive (MFA) Control with Intelligent Engine and Loop Inspection

United States Patent Application

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A method and apparatus for intelligently controlling continuous process variables. An automatic controller comprises an Intelligent Engine mechanism and a number of Model-Free Adaptive (MFA) controllers, each of which is suitable to control a process with specific behaviors. The Intelligent Engine can automatically select the appropriate MFA controller and its parameters so that the automatic controller can be easily used by people with limited control experience and those who do not have the time to commission, tune, and maintain automatic controllers.
Cheng, George Shu-Xing (Folsom, CA), Mulkey, Steven L. (Cameron Park, CA), Wang, Qiang (Sacramento, CA), Chow, Andrew J. (Sacramento, CA)
General Cybernation Group, Inc. (Rancho Cordova CA)
14/ 089,753
November 26, 2013
[0002] This invention was made with government support under SBIR grant DE-FG02-08ER84944 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The government has certain rights to the invention.