High-Bandwidth Tracking Control of Piezoactuated Nanopositioning Stages via Active Modal Control

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2998-3006
Journal / PublicationIEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering
Issue number4
Online published19 Aug 2021
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2022


Due to the lightly damped resonance and intrinsic nonlinearities, it is difficult for the piezoactuated nanopositioning stage to realize high-bandwidth and high-accuracy control. To handle these limitations, in this work, a dual-loop control scheme based on state-feedback-based modal method is designed to both actively damp and stiffen the resonant mode and to suppress the effects of nonlinearities of the piezoactuated nanopositioning stage. In this scheme, the state-feedback-based modal controller is first designed in the inner loop to enlarge both the damping ratio and natural frequency of the first resonant mode. Then, a proportional-integral (PI) controller is utilized in the outer loop for eliminating the tracking errors caused by other disturbances and nonlinearities including hysteresis and creep. To maximize the control bandwidth of system under the proposed dual-loop scheme, an optimization method is thus proposed for simultaneously tuning the parameters of the inner and the outer loop controllers. Finally, to validate the proposed dual-loop control scheme, comparative experiments are carried out on a piezoactuated nanopositioning stage. Results demonstrate that the proposed control scheme improves the bandwidth of the system from 497 Hz (with PI control) and 1543 Hz (with a commonly used positive acceleration, velocity, and position damping control and a PI controller) to 6546 Hz, which is 664 Hz larger than the first resonant frequency of the original system, validating the effectiveness of the proposed dual-loop scheme on high-bandwidth control.

Research Area(s)

  • Bandwidth, Damping, Dual-loop control, high-bandwidth control, Nanopositioning, PI control, piezoactuated nanopositioning stage, Resonant frequency, simultaneous optimization, state feedback, Tracking loops, Vibrations