A Nonlinear Neural Controller Design for the Single Axis Magnetic Ball Levitation System Based on Slice Genetic Algorithm

Abstract

This paper presents a ball position tracking control tuning algorithm for single axis magnetic levitation system using slice genetic optimization technique based nonlinear neural controller. As simple and fast tuning technique, slice genetic optimization algorithm is used to tune the nonlinear neural controller's parameters in order to get the best control action for the magnetic levitation system through the tracking of pre-defined location of the steel ball. Pollywog wavelet activation function is used in the structure of the nonlinear neural controller. The obtained results (using MATLAB program) show that the effectiveness of the proposed controller in minimizing the tracking error to zero value and also, in the softness of the control action with the lowest amount of fitness evaluation number.