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Abstract and Applied Analysis
Volume 2013, Article ID 681523, 11 pages
Research Article

On Existence of Stabilizing Switching Laws within a Class of Unstable Linear Systems

1Graduate Institute of Automation and Control, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, No. 43, Section 4, Keelung Road, Da’an District, Taipei 10607, Taiwan
2Institute of Electrical Control Engineering, National Chiao Tung University, No. 1001, Ta Hsueh Road, Hsinchu 30010, Taiwan

Received 18 June 2013; Revised 23 September 2013; Accepted 23 September 2013

Academic Editor: Hamid Reza Karimi

Copyright © 2013 Sendren Sheng-Dong Xu and Chih-Chiang Chen. 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.


The equivalence of two conditions, condition (3) and condition (4) stated in Problem Statement section, regarding the existence of stabilizing switching laws between two unstable linear systems first appeared in (Feron 1996). Although Feron never published this result, it has been referenced in almost every survey on switched systems; see, for example, (Liberzon and Morse 1999). This paper proposes another way to prove the equivalence of two conditions regarding the existence of stabilizing switching laws between two unstable linear systems. One is effective for theoretical derivation, while the other is implementable, and a class of stabilizing switching laws have been explicitly constructed by Wicks et al. (1994). With the help of the equivalent relation, a condition for the existence of controllers and stabilizing switching laws between two unstabilizable linear control systems is then proposed. Then, the study is further extended to the issue concerning the construction of quadratically stabilizing switching laws among unstable linear systems and unstabilizable linear control systems. The obtained results are employed to study the existence of control laws and quadratically stabilizing switching laws within a class of unstabilizable linear control systems. The numerical examples are illustrated and simulated to show the feasibility and effectiveness of the proposed methods.