Existing fuzzy control methods do not perform well when applied to systems containing nonlinearities arising from unknown deadzones. In particular, we show that a conventional fuzzy logic controller applied to a system with a deadzone suffers from poor transient performance and a large steady-state error. In this report, we propose a novel two-layered fuzzy logic controller for controlling systems with deadzones. The two-layered control structure consists of a fuzzy logic-based precompensator followed by a conventional fuzzy logic controller. Our proposed controller exhibits superior transient and steady-state performance compared to conventional fuzzy controllers. In addition, the controller is robust to variations in deadzone nonlinearities. We illustrate the effectiveness of our scheme using computer simulation excamples.
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