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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 3597346, 12 pages
Research Article

Fuzzy Supervisor Approach Design Based-Switching Controller for Pumping Station: Experimental Validation

Higher National Engineering School of Tunis (ENSIT), Laboratory of Industrial Systems Engineering and Renewable Energy (LISIER), University of Tunis, Taha Hussein Street, BP 56, Bab Menara, 1008 Tunis, Tunisia

Correspondence should be addressed to Wael Chakchouk; nt.unr.tisne@kuohckahc.leaw

Received 16 June 2017; Revised 7 September 2017; Accepted 1 November 2017; Published 23 November 2017

Academic Editor: Stefan Balint

Copyright © 2017 Wael Chakchouk 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.


This paper proposes a discrete-time switching controller strategy for a hydraulic process pumping station. The proposed solution leads to improving control system performances with two tests: combination of Fuzzy-PD and PI controllers and Fuzzy-PID and PI controllers. The proposed design methodology is based on accurate model for pumping station (PS), which is developed in previous works using Fuzzy-C Means (FCM) algorithm. The control law design is based on switching control; a fuzzy supervisor manages the switching from one to another and regulates the rate of participation of each order, in order to satisfy various objectives of a stable pumping station like the asymptotic stability of the tracking error. To validate the proposed solution, experimental tests are made and analyzed. Compared to the conventional PI and fuzzy logic (FL) approaches, the results show that the switching controller allows exhibiting excellent transient response over a wide range of operating conditions and especially is easier to be implemented in practice.