The improvements in thickness accuracy of a steel strip produced by a tandem cold-roIling mill are of substantial interest to the steel industry. In this paper, we designed a direct model-reference adaptive control (MRAC) scheme that exploits the natural level of excitation existing in the closed-loop with a dynamically constructed cascade-correlation neural network (CCNN) as a controller for cold roIling mill thickness control. Simulation results show that the combination of a such a direct MRAC scheme and the dynamically constructed CCNN significantly improves the thickness accuracy in the presence of disturbances and noise in comparison with to the conventional PID controllers.
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