Journal article

Detection of oscillations in control loops in irrigation channels

Su Ki Ooi, Erik Weyer

CONTROL ENGINEERING PRACTICE | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2011

Abstract

Oscillation in irrigation channels have many undesired consequences such as increased erosion on channel banks, reduced level of service to farmers, increased wear and tear on mechanical equipments, etc. It is therefore important to detect oscillations early. In this paper computationally inexpensive algorithms for detection of oscillatory control loops are applied to operational data from six consecutive pools of an irrigation channel. The algorithms performed well and detected the control loops which gave oscillatory responses. Moreover, the controller which caused the oscillations was also identified. As there can be many control loops in an irrigation channel, methods which are able to d..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by Rubicon Systems Australia and the Australian Research Council under the Linkage Grant Scheme, Project LP0349134. The authors would like to thank Ping Zhang at Rubicon Systems Australia Pty Ltd. and Coleambally Irrigation Cooperative Ltd. for providing the data.