PID-controller in additive description form



This information is part of the Modelica Standard Library maintained by the Modelica Association.

This is the text-book version of a PID-controller. For a more practically useful PID-controller, use block LimPID.

The PID block can be initialized in different ways controlled by parameter initType. The possible values of initType are defined in Modelica.Blocks.Types.InitPID. This type is identical to Types.Init, with the only exception that the additional option DoNotUse_InitialIntegratorState is added for backward compatibility reasons (= integrator is initialized with InitialState whereas differential part is initialized with NoInit which was the initialization in version 2.2 of the Modelica standard library).

Based on the setting of initType, the integrator (I) and derivative (D) blocks inside the PID controller are initialized according to the following table:

initType I.initType D.initType
NoInit NoInit NoInit
SteadyState SteadyState SteadyState
InitialState InitialState InitialState
and initial equation: y = y_start
NoInit SteadyState
DoNotUse_InitialIntegratorState InitialState NoInit

In many cases, the most useful initial condition is SteadyState because initial transients are then no longer present. If initType = InitPID.SteadyState, then in some cases difficulties might occur. The reason is the equation of the integrator:

   der(y) = k*u;

The steady state equation "der(x)=0" leads to the condition that the input u to the integrator is zero. If the input u is already (directly or indirectly) defined by another initial condition, then the initialization problem is singular (has none or infinitely many solutions). This situation occurs often for mechanical systems, where, e.g., u = desiredSpeed - measuredSpeed and since speed is both a state and a derivative, it is natural to initialize it with zero. As sketched this is, however, not possible. The solution is to not initialize u or the variable that is used to compute u by an algebraic equation.

Parameters (8)


Value: 1

Type: Real

Description: Gain



Type: Time (s)

Description: Time Constant of Integrator



Type: Time (s)

Description: Time Constant of Derivative block


Value: 10

Type: Real

Description: The higher Nd, the more ideal the derivative block


Value: Modelica.Blocks.Types.InitPID.DoNotUse_InitialIntegratorState

Type: InitPID

Description: Type of initialization (1: no init, 2: steady state, 3: initial state, 4: initial output)


Value: 0

Type: Real

Description: Initial or guess value for integrator output (= integrator state)


Value: 0

Type: Real

Description: Initial or guess value for state of derivative block


Value: 0

Type: Real

Description: Initial value of output

Connectors (2)


Type: RealInput

Description: Connector of Real input signal


Type: RealOutput

Description: Connector of Real output signal

Components (5)


Type: Gain

Description: Proportional part of PID controller


Type: Integrator

Description: Integral part of PID controller


Type: Derivative

Description: Derivative part of PID controller


Type: Gain

Description: Gain of PID controller


Type: Add3