Moveable gates for the real-time control (RTC) of sewer systems storage capacities are usually operated by controllers which, on the basis of local water level or flow velocity measurements, calculate the regulation errors of the monitored variables, determining the necessary regulator movements to lead the flow conditions to the desired set point.

In this paper the results of an investigation on the influence of proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controllers and programmable logic controllers (PLC) for the RTC of moveable sluice gates positioned into sewer systems are presented. The analysis of response time, damping and regulation errors provided information on the PID parameter calibration values and on the PLC control function performances.

A comparison between the two kind of controllers has also been carried out.

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