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Thesis etd-02132013-000212

Thesis type
Tesi di dottorato di ricerca
Thesis title
Composite control Lyapunov functions for robust stabilization of constrained uncertain dynamical systems
Academic discipline
Course of study
tutor Prof. Caiti, Andrea
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  • ottimizzazione
  • sistemi dinamici
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This work presents innovative scientific results on the robust stabilization of constrained uncertain dynamical systems via Lyapunov-based state feedback control.

Given two control Lyapunov functions, a novel class of smooth composite control Lyapunov functions is presented. This class, which is based on the R-functions theory, is universal for the stabilizability of linear differential inclusions and has the following property. Once a desired controlled invariant set is fixed, the shape of the inner level sets can be made arbitrary close to any given ones, in a smooth and non-homothetic way. This procedure is an example of ``merging'' two control Lyapunov functions.

In general, a merging function consists in a control Lyapunov function whose gradient is a continuous combination of the gradients of the two parents control Lyapunov functions.
The problem of merging two control Lyapunov functions, for instance a global control Lyapunov function with a large controlled domain of attraction and a local one with a guaranteed local performance, is considered important for several control applications. The main reason is that when simultaneously concerning constraints, robustness and optimality, a single Lyapunov function is usually suitable for just one of these goals, but ineffective for the others.

For nonlinear control-affine systems, both equations and inclusions, some equivalence properties are shown between the control-sharing property, namely the existence of a single control law which makes simultaneously negative the Lyapunov derivatives of the two given control Lyapunov functions, and the existence of merging control Lyapunov functions.

Even for linear systems, the control-sharing property does not always hold, with the remarkable exception of planar systems.

For the class of linear differential inclusions, linear programs and linear matrix inequalities conditions are given for the the control-sharing property to hold.

The proposed Lyapunov-based control laws are illustrated and simulated on benchmark case studies, with positive numerical results.