The aims of the course in relation to knowledge and understanding are:
- Understanding of the phenomena of nonlinear dynamical systems: multiple equilibria, stability/instability, limit cycles.
- Knowledge of the stability theory and its extensions.
- Knowledge of the main methods of feedback nonlinear control.
In relation to the capability of applying knowledge and understanding, the aims are:
- Skill to analyze nonlinear systems.
- Skill to design and simulate nonlinear control systems in the scalar case with the aid of a computer.
Course contents summary
1) Introduction. Nonlinear phenomena and mathematical models, applications to automation and robotics. Examples. Nonlinear state models: existence and uniqueness of solutions. Second-order dynamical systems: qualitative behavior of linear systems, phase diagrams, multiple equilibria, limit cycles. Useful mathematics for nonlinear systems. Modeling examples: kinematics of wheeled vehicles, magnetic levitators, overhead cranes.
2) Autonomous systems. Stability theory: the direct method of Lyapunov, Lyapunov functions and the variable gradient method. Region of attraction of an equilibrium state. Global asymptotic stability: Barbashin-Krasovkii theorem. Instability: Chetaev theorem. The algebraic Lyapunov equation and the indirect method. The invariance principle: LaSalle theorem. Stability and attractiveness of state sets. Limit cycles in feedback systems: method of the describing function.
3) Nonautonomous systems. Stability of state motions. Comparison K and KL functions. The direct method for the uniform asymptotic stability. Input-to-state stability. The direct and indirect method for exponential stability. Converse theorems in stability theory.
4) Nonlinear control. The stabilization problem. State-input feedback methods: control Lyapunov functions, integrator backstepping. Relative degree and normal form of a scalar affine control system. Input-output linearization by state-input feedback (feedback linearization). Zero dynamics and minimum-phase systems. Application to stabilization. Regulation of nonlinear scalar systems: integral control. A glimpse on input-output inversion methods and feedforward-feedback control schemes.
- Pdf slides of the lessons on the web site of the course.
1) H.J. Marquez – Nonlinear control systems: analysis and design, Wiley, 2003.
2) H.K. Khalil – Nonlinear Systems. Third edition. Prentice-Hall, 2002.
3) J.-J. E. Slotine, W. Li – Applied Nonlinear Control. Prentice-Hall, 1991.
Classroom sessions with alternate use of slides and explanations at the blackboard. Exercises of analysis and synthesis with the aid of MATLAB software.
Assessment methods and criteria
Written examination and subsequent oral examination.