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Jan 28, 2011, 08:42 am Last Edit: Jan 28, 2011, 08:49 am by Daanii Reason: 1
I'm looking for the code for a general PID (proportional, integral, differential) control algorithm for the Arduino. Anyone know of any?

Thank you.

Coding Badly





Jan 28, 2011, 05:47 pm Last Edit: Jan 28, 2011, 08:50 pm by Daanii Reason: 1
Thank you.

I see I have been "smitten" using the new forum function. Well deserved, I guess, for not having found the PID library myself. My only excuse is that I have not visited this forum for a few weeks, and was surprised to find the new look. Plus I think I typed PDI in the search box by mistake.

But the links Coding Badly posted helped. There is a full and expertly written PID library that seems to get good reviews. But for me, the PID library requires more knowledge than I had. I wanted to understand what was being done, and why. That was a little hard to do from that code. (I don't mean to criticize the PID library by saying this.)

These two things helped me more:

http://www.eetimes.com/ContentEETimes/Documents/Embedded.com/2000/f-wescot.pdf  This article "PID Without a PhD" goes into the theory behind PID and gives sample code.

http://www.atmel.com/dyn/products/app_notes.asp?family_id=607  You need to scroll down to Atmel Application Note 221 "Discrete PID controller on tinyAVR and megaAVR devices". Then you can find download links for a pdf file with notes and a software file with sample code.

With these two resources, I was quickly able to write a simple PID program that meets my needs. And that I know how to tune and work with.

Others with more demanding applications may find the PID library more helpful.

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