Design and Simulation of Torque Control for Hot Rolling Steel Mill
Larbah, E. Y
Zaggout, M. N
Salah, S. H
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Lateral movement of a strip in the hot rolling process is an important unsolved technical problem. To minimize the strip thickness variations, the state space model formulation is usually used. It results in reducing productivity and, in the extreme case, strip tearing during tailing out at the finishing mill. This movement is caused by various asymmetric factors such as mechanical asymmetry of the mill and different temperatures along the strip width direction. Furthermore, the difference in the temperature and the thickness of steel strip resulting in deformation of the steel, which affects the bending torque of the steel strip. This study aims to understand the influences of these various factors on lateral movement. In order to reduce the lateral movement and the disturbance terms, that act on uncertain inter-connected systems, a new control approach, based on a combination of Integral Sliding Mode Control (ISMC) and Linear Matrix Inequalities (LMI) technique, is proposed. Simulation results of hot rolling system with three interconnected systems are presented to validate the new controller performance.