Fractional-Order PID Control of a MIMO Distillation Column Process Using Improved Bat Algorithm Articles uri icon

publication date

  • August 2018

start page

  • 8887

end page

  • 8906


  • 18


  • 23

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1432-7643

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1433-7479


  • In this paper, a new bat algorithm (BA) based on dynamic control parameters selection is presented. The dynamic BA (DBA) uses a new mechanism to dynamically select the best performing combination of the pulse rate coefficient, the pulse frequency coefficient, and the population size. A fractional-order PID (FOPID) controller based on the DBA is implemented to improve the performance of a distillation column process. The proposed FOPID controller is used to control the distillate and bottom mole fractions. The influence of the feed rate disturbance is considered for this model. The efficacy of the DBA-based FOPID is compared with the performance of the controllers based on the conventional BA, directional BA, enhanced BA, genetic algorithm, and particle swarm optimization algorithm. The analyses and simulation results show the superiority of the proposed method.


  • Robotics and Industrial Informatics


  • distillation column;fractional-order pid; dynamic bat algorithm