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Advances in Artificial Neural Systems
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 126317, 8 pages
Research Article

Optimal Design of PID Controller for the Speed Control of DC Motor by Using Metaheuristic Techniques

1University Institute of Information Technology, PMAS-Arid Agriculture University, Rawalpindi 46000, Pakistan
2Faculty of Engineering and Technology, HUIC, Islamabad 44000, Pakistan

Received 22 July 2014; Accepted 19 November 2014; Published 10 December 2014

Academic Editor: Paolo Gastaldo

Copyright © 2014 Mirza Muhammad Sabir and Junaid Ali Khan. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


DC motors are used in numerous industrial applications like servo systems and speed control applications. For such systems, the Proportional+Integral+Derivative (PID) controller is usually the controller of choice due to its ease of implementation, ruggedness, and easy tuning. All the classical methods for PID controller design and tuning provide initial workable values for , , and which are further manually fine-tuned for achieving desired performance. The manual fine tuning of the PID controller parameters is an arduous job which demands expertise and comprehensive knowledge of the domain. In this research work, some metaheuristic algorithms are explored for designing PID controller and a comprehensive comparison is made between these algorithms and classical techniques as well for the purpose of selecting the best technique for PID controller design and parameters tuning.