Pub. online:1 Jan 2011Type:Research ArticleOpen Access
Volume 22, Issue 2 (2011), pp. 241–257
The current increment in energy consumption has renewed the interest in the development of alternatives to fossil fuels. In this regard, the interest in solving the different control problems existing in nuclear fusion reactors like Tokamaks has been intensified. The aim of this manuscript is to show how the ASTRA code, which is used to simulate the performance of Tokamaks, can be integrated into the Matlab-Simulink tool in order to make easier the development of suitable controllers for Tokamaks. As a demonstrative case study to show the feasibility and the goodness of the proposed integration, a modified anti-windup PID-based controller coupled with an optimization algorithm for the loop voltage has been implemented. This integration represents an original and innovative work in the Tokamak control area and it provides new possibilities for the development and application of advanced control schemes to the standardized ASTRA code.
Pub. online:1 Jan 2002Type:Research ArticleOpen Access
Volume 13, Issue 2 (2002), pp. 177–208
The objective of expert systems is the use of Artificial Intelligence tools so as to solve problems within specific prefixed applications. Even when such systems are widely applied in diverse applications, as manufacturing or control systems, until now, there is an important gap in the development of a theory being applicable to a description of the involved problems in a unified way. This paper is an attempt in supplying a simple formal description of expert systems together with an application to a robot manipulator case.