Date of Award


Publication Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name



Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering

First Advisor

El Maraghy, W.


Engineering, Industrial.



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While motion control of machine tool feed drives is the targeted application. The goal of this study is to explore the relative performance potentials of supervisory control systems against the classical servo control systems; Reconfiguration aspects at the control level are the scope of this study. One of the most essential nonlinear problems faced during modeling and control stages of the CNC machining systems is called backlash. Reversal of motion for each moving axis can lead to that area of disengagement where backlash occurs due to inherently unavoidable clearance between linkages of the machine tool feed drive system. Due to backlash, efficiency of machine tools will be undesirably turned down causing higher vibrations, lower contouring accuracy, and may draw the whole system into instability region. A Switching control scheme is designed to manage the control process where two different controllers with two different control functionalities, acting differently in two vital zones---one of them where the backlash lies, and the other when moving past the backlash---seem to be an important need. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)Dept. of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering. Paper copy at Leddy Library: Theses & Major Papers - Basement, West Bldg. / Call Number: Thesis2004 .S53. Source: Masters Abstracts International, Volume: 43-03, page: 0961. Adviser: Waguih ElMaraghy. Thesis (M.A.Sc.)--University of Windsor (Canada), 2004.