On the Stability of Digital Position Control with Viscous Damping and Coulomb Friction
In this paper, we investigate the combined effect of viscous damping and Coulomb friction on sampled-data mechanical systems. In these systems, instability can occur due the sampling of the applied discrete-time controller which is compensated by the two different physical dissipation effects. In order to investigate the interplay between these, we focus on how the stable domain of operation is extended by the dry friction compared to viscous damping. We also show that dry friction causes concave envelope vibrations in this extended region. The analytical results, presented in the form of stability charts, are verified by a detailed set of simulations at different representative control parameter values.