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ISRN Applied Mathematics
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 705609, 11 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/705609
Research Article

New Approach on Robust and Reliable Decentralized Tracking Control for Fuzzy Interconnected Systems with Time-Varying Delay

School of Information Science and Engineering, Northeastern University, Shenyang 110819, China

Received 22 August 2013; Accepted 20 October 2013; Published 5 February 2014

Academic Editors: L. Guo, A. C. Lee, and C. Lu

Copyright © 2014 Xinrui Liu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

This paper investigates the robust and reliable decentralized tracking control issue for the fuzzy large-scale interconnected systems with time-varying delay, which are composed of a number of T-S fuzzy subsystems with interconnections. Firstly, the ordinary fuzzy interconnected systems are equivalently transformed to the fuzzy descriptor systems; then, according to the Lyapunov direct method and the decentralized control theory of large-scale interconnected systems, the new linear matrix inequalities- (LMIs-) based conditions with some free variables are derived to guarantee the tracking performance not only when all control components are operating well, but also in the presence of some possible actuator failures. Moreover, there is no need for the precise failure parameters of the actuators, rather than the lower and upper bound. Finally, two simulation examples are provided to illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed method.

1. Introduction

Large-scale interconnected systems, such as electrical power systems, computer communication systems, economic systems, and process control systems, have attracted great interests from many researchers in recent years. Takagi-Sugeno (T-S) fuzzy model has become a popular and effective approach to control complex systems, and a lot of significant results on stabilization and control via linear matrix inequality (LMI) approach have been reported; see [14]. Compared with the centralized control, the decentralized scheme is preferred in the control design issue of the large-scale interconnected systems [5]. Recently, there are some works about stability and stabilization of fuzzy large-scale systems [69]. It is well known that delays appear in many dynamic systems, which are potential causes of system instability [10, 11]. The tasks of stabilization and tracking are two typical control problems. In general, tracking problems are more difficult than stabilization problems especially for nonlinear systems [12]. Reference [13] has given decentralized fuzzy model reference tracking control design, and the stable conditions in the sense of Lyapunov are given. The technology of descriptor model transformation is used in [14, 15]. A T-S fuzzy descriptor tracking control design for nonlinear systems with a guaranteed model reference tracking performance is discussed [16]. However, in practical situations, failure of actuators often occurs. Thus, an important requirement is to design a reliable controller such that the stability and performance of the closed-loop system can tolerate actuator failures [1720].

In this paper, we investigate the robust and reliable decentralized tracking control issue for the fuzzy interconnected systems with time delay, which are composed of a number of T-S fuzzy subsystems with interconnections. Firstly, the ordinary fuzzy interconnected systems are equivalently transformed to the fuzzy descriptor systems; then, according to the Lyapunov direct method and the decentralized control theory of large-scale interconnected systems, the new LMIs-based conditions with some free variables are derived to guarantee the tracking performance not only when all control components are operating well, but also in the presence of some possible actuator failures. Finally, two simulation examples are provided to illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed method.

The innovation of this paper can be summarized as follows: the more practical performance index is used, which considers not only the effect of tracking error but also the effect of control ; utilizing the descriptor model transformation, the new LMIs-based reliable performance conditions with some free variables are derived; there is no need for the precise failure parameters of the actuators, rather than the lower and upper bound of failure parameters.

In the following sections, the identity matrices and zero matrices are denoted by and 0, respectively. denotes the transpose of matrix . denotes the -dimensional Euclidean space. The standard notation is used to denote the positive (negative-) definite ordering of matrices. Inequality shows that the matrix is positively definite. The symbol of * denotes the transposed element in the symmetric position.

2. Systems Description

Suppose there are the interconnected systems consisting of interconnected subsystems , . Each rule of the subsystem is represented by a T-S fuzzy model as follows: where , , and denote the state, input, and disturbance vector, respectively. denote system matrices and denote the interconnection matrices between the th and th subsystem of the th rule. are the time-varying delays, , , , and is the number of IF-THEN rules of the subsystem . The initial conditions are the differentiable functions for . Here, we denote , .

If we utilize the singleton fuzzifier, product fuzzy inference, and central-average defuzzifier, (1) can be inferred as where where are the premise variables and is the grade of membership of in . It can be seen that , and , , .

Consider the reference model for the th subsystem as follows: where denote the reference states, denote the specific asymptotically stable matrices, denote the system matrices with appropriate dimensions, and denotes the bounded reference input.

Lemma 1 (see [10]). For any constant symmetric matrix , , scalar , vector function , such that the integrations in the following are well defined; then

Lemma 2 (see [10]). For any matrix , any constant , and any positive definite matrix , all , , the following result holds:

Lemma 3 (see [2]). For any real matrix , and with appropriate dimensions, one has where are defined as , .

3. Tracking Control Design

According to the conventional parallel distributed compensation (PDC) concept, the fuzzy controllers corresponding to are used as follows: where are the controllers gains of the th rule for subsystem .

And the final output of the fuzzy controllers for each subsystem is

Instead of actuator outage, a more general actuator failure model is adopted in this paper. Let be the control input vector after failures have occurred. The following actuator failure model is adopted: where with , , .

Note that the parameters and characterize the admissible failures of the th actuator in the th subsystem. Obviously, when , the failure model (10) corresponds to the case of the th actuator outage. When , it corresponds to the case of partial failure of the th actuator. When , it implies that there is no failure in the th actuator. Denote the matrix set , where , , , , is the number of no failure actuators for subsystem .

Lemma 4 (representation theorem [21]). is nonempty and bounded multiple-surface set, and there exist finite limit points ; then, if and only if , , , .
Here, let , and ; that is, , where . Then, there exist finite limit points for .
Given any two points , , , , , for any real number , then ; that is . Therefore, is nonempty and bounded multiple-surface set.
Let the no failure actuators are the last actuators of th subsystem, according to Lemma 4, one has where , .
Therefore, , where .
Denote the tracking error by
Then, the whole closed-loop fuzzy interconnected systems become where
Equation (13) can be transformed to be the descriptor system form as follows: where

Definition 5. The tracking control problem for the interconnected systems (13) is to design the controllers to minimize the prescribed level of disturbance attenuation , , if the following two conditions are satisfied.(1)When , the whole fuzzy interconnected systems (13) are asymptotically stable.(2)For the zero initially condition , .

Remark 6. From Definition 5, we can see that, compared with the condition commonly used for the tracking control problem, the practical performance index considers not only the effect of but also the effect of . That is to say, the condition that the reducing of the tracking error needs to cost the much bigger gain of the controller can be avoided effectively.

Theorem 7. For the given constant , , if there exist matrices , , , , , , , , , , , , , , and positive definite matrices , , , , , , , , , satisfying following eigenvalue problem (17), then the whole interconnected nonlinear systems are asymptotically stable with the tracking performance index , , , , where

Proof. We choose the following Lyapunov function for the whole interconnected system (13): where , are positive definite matrices, , and denote
Computing the time derivative of , we have
From the Leibniz-Newton formula, the following equation is considered:
From (24), we have where where .
According to Lemma 3, we have
Letting and using (15), we have where
From (29), we can see that, if , then , where
If , then the whole nonlinear interconnected systems are asymptotically stable.
If ,
With zero initial condition (, ), hence , , and , integrating both sides of (32) from to , we have implying that .
Let , , , , , . By Schur complement and premultiplying and postmultiplying to (29) by positive-define matrix , , respectively, we have where
Denoting , , , , , , , , , , , , using (13), and by Schur complement, the proof is completed.

Remark 8. Firstly, utilizing the descriptor model transformation, LMIs-based conditions with some free variables are derived. Secondly, when , compared with the stable conditions in the sense of Lyapunov in [13], we obtain the asymptotically stable conditions. Finally, compared with [16], the time-varying delay fuzzy large systems are considered, and a more practical performance index is considered. Therefore, obtained results are new and less conservative.
If , then the T-S model-based interconnected systems (13) can be transformed into a common T-S system as follows: where , and denotes the number of no failure actuators.

Corollary 9. For the given constant , , if there exist matrices , , , , and positive definite matrices , , , satisfy (38), then the T-S fuzzy system (36) is asymptotically stable with the tracking performance index , and the gain of controllers , , . where

4. Illustrative Examples

Example 1. Consider the two-machine interconnected systems which are composed of two subsystems as follows [13]:
We assume the two-machine interconnected systems’ parameters as follows:
The systems are approximated by the following nine-rule fuzzy model which is the same as [13], and the details of the rules are omitted here.
Other parameters are shown as follows:
Here, we assume that there exists the actuator failure only in the actuator of the first subsystem. Let , , ; that is , , . The actuator failure parameter is shown in Figure 1.
Let , , , , according to the conditions proposed in Theorem 7; we have , , . For the initial condition , and the disturbances , , the tracking trajectories are shown in Figures 2 and 3, in which , , denote the states of the reference model, , , denote the states when there are no failure actuators, and , , denote the states when there exist partial failure actuators for . It can be seen that there are nearly no differences between and . Therefore, when there exist the actuator failures, the performances of the system are not influenced. Compared with the result , , in [13], the gains of controllers are much smaller, and the control performances are nearly the same.

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Figure 1: The actuator failure parameter.
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Figure 2: The states of subsystem 1.
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Figure 3: The states of subsystem 2.

Example 2. Consider the following tracking system [16]:
Let , , the actuator failure parameter is the same as Example 1, , , , , according to the conditions proposed in Corollary 9; we have , . For the initial condition , , and the disturbance , the tracking trajectories are shown in Figures 4, 5, and 6. Compared with the result , in [16], the gain of controller is much smaller, and the control performances are nearly the same. For the different ,