Closed-Loop Control for Hydraulic Laboratory Operation

by Dave Ehler, Bureau of Reclamation, United States,
Brent Mefford, Bureau of Reclamation, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Hydraulic Engineering


The implementation of Closed-Loop Feedback Control in the Bureau of Reclamation's Hydraulic Laboratory flow delivery system has provided an important new modeling tool for the research engineer. The engineer now has the option of using closed-loop control, supervisory control, or traditional manual operation of physical models. The main laboratory flow delivery system provides automatic flow control using a programmable PID (proportional, integral, and derivative) algorithm.

Subject Headings: Hydraulics | Decision support systems | Flow control | Water flow | Hydraulic models | Physical models | Integrals | Hydraulic networks

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