2003 Volume 43 Issue 3 Pages 358-365
In this paper, an adaptive robust control method for looper height control of hot strip finishing mill is proposed. The change in strip tension, which exerts an influence on the width and thickness of the products, is induced by the looper height variation. Accordingly, it is important to control the looper height precisely. The looper control system may suddenly become unstable due to a change in the characteristics of rolled material and an occurrence of the slip between roll and strip while rolling. In order to maintain the control system stable even under these changes, the robust control system has been developed. However, there remained problems of slow response of the robust controller. The reason is that the control gain is set at a low value to assure the stability for the various kinds of disturbances. To solve the problem, it is necessary to set at the appropriate control gain. In this paper, the estimation of a damping coefficient of the looper height control system is carried out to adapt the control gain according to the damping coefficient. The proposed adaptive controller assures both the robustness and a high control performance regardless of the change in rolling conditions and disturbances. Using this method, the looper height control can guarantee both the stability of the looper height control and the high degree of accuracy in control.