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International Journal of Chemical Engineering
Volume 2014, Article ID 351973, 9 pages
Research Article

Improved Transient Performance of a Fuzzy Modified Model Reference Adaptive Controller for an Interacting Coupled Tank System Using Real-Coded Genetic Algorithm

1National College of Engineering, Maruthakulam, Tirunelveli District, Tamil Nadu 627151, India
2PSR Engineering College, Sivakasi, Virudhunagar District, Tamil Nadu 626140, India
3National Institute of Technology, Thiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu 620015, India

Received 8 January 2014; Revised 19 July 2014; Accepted 3 August 2014; Published 26 August 2014

Academic Editor: Badie I. Morsi

Copyright © 2014 Asan Mohideen Khansadurai et al. 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.


The main objective of the paper is to design a model reference adaptive controller (MRAC) with improved transient performance. A modification to the standard direct MRAC called fuzzy modified MRAC (FMRAC) is used in the paper. The FMRAC uses a proportional control based Mamdani-type fuzzy logic controller (MFLC) to improve the transient performance of a direct MRAC. The paper proposes the application of real-coded genetic algorithm (RGA) to tune the membership function parameters of the proposed FMRAC offline so that the transient performance of the FMRAC is improved further. In this study, a GA based modified MRAC (GAMMRAC), an FMRAC, and a GA based FMRAC (GAFMRAC) are designed for a coupled tank setup in a hybrid tank process and their transient performances are compared. The results show that the proposed GAFMRAC gives a better transient performance than the GAMMRAC or the FMRAC. It is concluded that the proposed controller can be used to obtain very good transient performance for the control of nonlinear processes.