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Control of Nonlinear Systems in Normal Form by Complementary Lyapunov Functions

[+] Author Affiliations
Andy Zelenak, Benito Fernández, Mitch Pryor

University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

Paper No. DETC2017-67805, pp. V006T10A014; 10 pages
  • ASME 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 6: 13th International Conference on Multibody Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, and Control
  • Cleveland, Ohio, USA, August 6–9, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5820-2
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


If a Lyapunov function is known, a dynamic system can be stabilized. However, the search for a Lyapunov function is often challenging. This paper takes a new approach to avoid such a search; it assumes a basic Control Lyapunov Function [CLF] then seeks to numerically diminish the value of the Lyapunov function. If a singularity arises during calculations with the default CLF, a complementary function is used. The complementary function eliminates a common cause of singularities with the default CLF. While many other algorithms from the literature use switched or time-varying CLF’s, the presented method is unique in that the CLF’s do not require prior calculation and the technique applies globally. The method is proven and demonstrated for SISO systems in normal form and then demonstrated on a higher-order system of a more general type.

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