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Obtain input knowing output and transfer function

Asked by Carlo Campigotto on 23 May 2019
Latest activity Answered by David Wilson on 7 Jun 2019
I have some data (array of values) from a thermocouple (output) and the transfer function. I want to obtain the input so I was thinking of using Simulink. Can you help me?

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You could always reciprocate the transfer function, and then pass the output through that. This will generate (an approimation of) the input signal.
Of course your original TF will probably not be invertible, (i.e. it's inverse will not be proper), so you may need to add some small (fast-order) terms in the denominator to extract an approximation. I'm assuming you are in the continuous domain.

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Answer by Carlo Campigotto on 7 Jun 2019
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Sorry for the late answer. My transfer function is 1/(14*s+1), where s=i*omega. I was thinking to something like this just to see what the input should look like:
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but I get this error:
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How can I solve it? Thank you

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Answer by Carlo Campigotto on 24 May 2019

What do you mean by "continuous domain"? I have an array of values (first value = measurement at time 0, second value = measurement after 1 second and so on).

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Is the transfer function G(s) (i.e. continuous), or G(z), i.e. discrete?
I'm assuming you have a continuous G(s) transfer function, and then you will need to sample and hold your (discrete) values to pass into G(s).
If your transfer function is already discrete, then there are various optimisations you can do to make it more robust. But that depends on the exact data and transfer function form.

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Answer by David Wilson on 7 Jun 2019

Since you have a simple transfer function, here's what I would do.
(1) First generate some data that we will subsequently try to "invert" back to the time domain. Make sure the input is not sharp like a step.
%% Calculate input from thermo ID
G = tf(1,[14,1]);
Ts = 0.1; % appropriate sample time
t = [0:Ts:50]'; % time vector
U = sin(t) + 0.6*sin(t*0.35-4); % trial (smoothish) input
plot(t,U)
Now do the simulation. This is a reconstruction of the data you have started with.
y = lsim(G,U,t);
plot(t,[U y])
Now we are ready to reconstruct the input u(t), so we need to invert your process transfer function. HOWEVER I've added some fast dynamics to make the inverse system causal. We need to do this, but it will now be approximate. The fast dyanmics should be faster than the original dynamics (tau=14) in your case.
%% Now back-calculate u(t)
fast = 0.1;
Ginv = (1/G)*tf(1,[fast^2 2*fast 1])
ur = lsim(Ginv,y,t)
plot(t,[U, ur]) % compare

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