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See detailGlobal stability of relay feedback systems
Goncalves, Jorge UL; Megretski, A.; Dahleh, M. A.

in IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control (2001), 46(4), 550--562

For a large class of relay feedback systems (RFS) there will be limit cycle oscillations. Conditions to check existence and local stability of limit cycles for these systems are well known. Global ... [more ▼]

For a large class of relay feedback systems (RFS) there will be limit cycle oscillations. Conditions to check existence and local stability of limit cycles for these systems are well known. Global stability conditions, however, are practically nonexistent. This paper presents conditions in the form of linear matrix inequalities (LMIs) that, when satisfied, guarantee global asymptotic stability of limit cycles induced by relays with hysteresis in feedback with linear time-invariant (LTI) stable systems. The analysis consists in finding quadratic surface Lyapunov functions for Poincaré maps associated with RFS. These results are based on the discovery that a typical Poincaré map induced by an LTI flow between two hyperplanes can be represented as a linear transformation analytically parametrized by a scalar function of the state. Moreover, level sets of this function are convex subsets of linear manifolds. The search for quadratic Lyapunov functions on switching surfaces is done by solving a set of LMIs. Although this analysis methodology yields only a sufficient criterion of stability, it has proved very successful in globally analyzing a large number of examples with a unique locally stable symmetric unimodal limit cycle. In fact, it is still an open problem whether there exists an example with a globally stable symmetric unimodal limit cycle that could not be successfully analyzed with this new methodology. Examples analyzed include minimum-phase systems, systems of relative degree larger than one, and of high dimension. Such results lead us to believe that globally stable limit cycles of RFS frequently have quadratic surface Lyapunov functions. [less ▲]

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See detailQuadratic Surface Lyapunov Functions in Global Stability Analysis of Saturation Systems
Goncalves, Jorge UL

in Proceedings of the American Control Conference (2001)

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See detailGlobal analysis of piecewise linear systems using impact maps and quadratic surface Lyapunov functions
Goncalves, Jorge UL; Megretski, A.; Dahleh, M. A.

in Proceedings of the European Control Conference (ECC) 2001 (2001)

In this paper we develop an entirely new constructive global analysis methodology for a class of hybrid systems known as Piecewise Linear Systems (PLS). This methodology consists in inferring global ... [more ▼]

In this paper we develop an entirely new constructive global analysis methodology for a class of hybrid systems known as Piecewise Linear Systems (PLS). This methodology consists in inferring global properties of PLS solely by studying their behavior at switching surfaces associated with PLS. The main idea is to analyze impact maps, i.e., maps from one switching surface to the next switching surface, by constructing quadratic Lyapunov functions on switching surfaces. We found that an impact map induced by an LTI flow between two switching surfaces can be represented as a linear transformation analytically parameterized by a scalar function of the state. This representation of impact maps allows the search for quadratic surface Lyapunov functions to be done by simply solving a set of LMIs. Global asymptotic stability, robustness, and performance of limit cycles and equilibrium points of PLS can this way be efficiently checked. These new results were successfully applied to certain classes of PLS. Although this analysis methodology yields only sufficient criteria of stability, it has shown to be very successful in globally analyzing a large number of examples with a locally stable limit cycle or equilibrium point. In fact, it is still an open problem whether there exists an example with a globally stable limit cycle or equilibrium point that cannot be successfully analyzed with this new methodology. Examples analyzed include systems of relative degree larger than one and of high dimension, for which no other analysis methodology could be applied. [less ▲]

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