The fault detection problem is investigated for a class of wireless network control systems which has stochastic uncertainties in the state-space matrices, combined with time delays and nonlinear disturbance. First, the system error observer is proposed. Then, by constructing proper Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional, we acquire sufficient conditions to guarantee the stability of the fault detection observer for the discrete system, and observer gain is also derived by solving linear matrix inequalities. Finally, a simulation example shows that when a fault happens, the observer residual rises rapidly and fault can be quickly detected, which demonstrates the effectiveness of the proposed method.

1. Introduction

Over the past decades, the fault detection (FD) problem has received considerable research attention and a rich body of literature has appeared on both the theoretical research and practical construction [14]. Furthermore, in recent years, the fault detection based on data-driven approach has even started to appear [5, 6]. Meanwhile, the research and application of fault detection in wireless network control system has attracted more and more interest [712]. It is a highly interdisciplinary and knowledge integrated as hot research field, which combines sensor technology, embedded computing technology, wireless communication technology, network technology, automatic control technology and distributed information processing technology, and other areas of technological achievements. Distributed sensors are arranged in the place of interest, which is convenient for people to gather information, and measured value can be acquired through multihop technology, until they are transmitted to the user's terminal. WNCS has very broad application prospects in the military, industry, urban management, environmental monitoring, and many other important areas which have potential practical value [1317]. However, as system is growing highly modular and complex, and system failure probability is also growing. Faults can bring disastrous damage to the entire control system. Therefore, fault detection study on WNCS is essential.

Parameter uncertainty is a kind of factor that contributes to the complexity of the system, and much effort has been made to address this problem when designing observer for state estimation or fault detection [1829]. Reference [25] applied sliding-window strategy to minimize the worst-case quadratic cost function of estimated state variables, which lead to convert estimation problem in the form of a regularized least-squares one with uncertain data. Reference [26] addressed the problem of the system which had unknown inputs and combined time varying delay in their state variables. Linear matrix inequality formulation was used to improve computational efficiency. In addition, sufficient conditions were also derived in the reduced order system. Reference [27] investigated the effect of parameter uncertainties on genetic regulatory networks. The author presented the convergence region to guarantee the stability of uncertain genetic regulatory networks and derived all results in the case that nonlinear item is unknown. In [28], parameter uncertainties were assumed to be norm-bounded, based on the Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional and stochastic stability theory; stability criteria were obtained in terms of linear matrix inequalities. In [29], the parameter uncertainties were allowed to be norm-bounded and be entered into the state matrix; the addressed filtering problem could effectively be solved in terms of linear matrix inequalities.

It is well known that time delays play an important role in system stability analysis, which could make system unstable or lead to system crash, so many scholars devoted to this field and got fruitful result in recent years [3036]. Reference [34] dealt with the filtering problem and designed the mean-square finite dimensional filter for incompletely measured time delay system over linear observations. Reference [35] investigated the feedback control problem in discrete time stochastic systems involving sector nonlinearities and mixed time delays. The distributed time delay in the system was first defined and then a special matrix inequality was developed to handle the distributed time delay within an algebraic framework. Reference [36] designed a full order filter for stochastic nonlinear system with time delay, sufficient conditions were derived by using an algebraic matrix inequality approach, and filter design problem was tackled based on the generalized inverse theory.

Motivated by the stated above, we aim to deal with the fault detection problem for a class of WNCSs with stochastic uncertainties and time delays. By constructing proper Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional, we can get sufficient conditions such that the system error observer is asymptotically stable in mean-square sense and acquire gain of designed observer. The main contributions of this paper are listed in the two following aspects. The multiple communication delays and nonlinear disturbance are introduced for discrete-time wireless networked control systems to reflect more realistic environment. The measurement delay is considered when signals are transmitted from plant to controller.

The rest of paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, the problem of WNCS is formulated and some useful lemmas are introduced. In Section 3, we present sufficient conditions to make sure of the asymptotical stability of the system error observer. Besides, the gain used in the observer can be derived by solving linear matrix inequalities. An illustrated example is given in Section 4 to demonstrate the effectiveness of proposed method. Finally, we give our conclusions in Section 5.

Notations. The notations in this paper are quite standard. and denote the -dimensional Euclidean space and the set of real matrices; the superscript “” stands for matrix transposition; is the matrix of appropriate dimension; denotes the Euclidean norm of a vector and its induced norm of matrix; the notation (resp., ), for means that the matrix is real symmetric positive definite (resp., positive semidefinite). stands for the expectation operator. What is more, we use to represent the entries implied by symmetry. Matrices, if not explicitly specified, are assumed to have compatible dimensions.

2. Problem Formulation

Considering a class of WNCSs as shown in Figure 1, we can know that sensor nodes of wireless network control system comprise a fixed topology in advance and gather information from plants and then transfer data to other nodes nearby. However, due to limited communication range or signal strength concern, existing signal channel may be vanished and a new one may be established. This is the main reason resulting in the uncertainties and time delays of WNCS.

The system can be described by the following discrete stochastic systems: where is the system state vector, is the measured output, and are internal perturbation arising from uncertain factors, is the fault of the system, is the nonlinear disturbance, and , , , , , and are constant matrices with appropriate dimensions.

To account for the phenomena of randomly occurring uncertainties, we introduce the stochastic variables and , which are Bernoulli distributed white sequences governed by where are known constants.

Remark 1. For the uncertainties in system that occur in a stochastic way and obeys Bernoulli distribution with a known probability, in this case, the system can be viewed as a changing system as time goes on. In addition, time delay item in system will also be variable as topology changes, we also suppose that it obeys another Bernoulli distribution independent of , which reflects stochastic character of the time delay in system model.

Remark 2. The random variables and that satisfy , , and , are used to model the probability distribution of the randomly occurring uncertainties.

For the system shown in (1), we make the following assumption throughout the paper.

Assumption 3. and are time-varying matrices with appropriate dimensions and are defined as where , , and are known constant matrix, is an unknown real time-varying matrix with Lebesgue measurable elements satisfying .

Assumption 4. is the nonlinear disturbance which satisfies the following Lipschitz condition: with being a known constant matrix of appropriate dimension, and .

Assumption 5. The variable denotes the output time-varying delay satisfying where is constant positive integers representing the upper bound on the communication delay.

In order to generate residual signal, we construct the following state observer: where is the gain of observer to be determined.

Define the state error and the system residual of the system can be written as

If there is no fault, the system residual is close to zero. In order to detect system fault, we adopt a residual evaluation stage, including an evaluation function and a threshold of the following form: where denotes the length of the finite evaluating time horizon. Based on (8), the occurrence of faults can be detected by comparing with according to the following rule:

In addition, from (1)–(6), we have the state error detection dynamic governed by the following system: where .

By augmenting , we have the following augmented system: where

Remark 6. Because there is a big probability of the existence of errors between theoretical and practical systems because of unexpected factors in WSNs, in order to overcome this phenomenon, it is natural to assume system uncertainties. In addition, the system uncertainties may be the random changes in environmental circumstances, for example, network-induced random failures and repairs of components and sudden environmental disturbances. Therefore, we construct the system state observer (6) without the randomly occurring uncertainties according to the original system (1).

Remark 7. Compared with [37], it is clear the system error observer (11) has only one parameter which needs to be decided. In addition, because the uncertainty item is separated from the certainty item in (11), this makes it easier to take theoretical derivation.

The purpose of our work is to design a fault detection observer for a class of WNCSs, which has stochastic uncertainties and time delays, combined with nonlinear disturbance. In the following, we will utilize the Lyapunov stability theory to proceed the proof process in terms of LMI.

Besides, some useful and important lemmas that will be used in deriving out results will be introduced as below.

Lemma 8 (Schur complement). Given constant matrices , , and where and , then if and only if

Lemma 9. For any , , , the following inequality holds:

Lemma 10. Let , , , and be real matrix of proper dimensions, and ; then inequality holds if there exists a constant , which makes the following inequality holds: or equivalently

3. Main Results

In this part, we will construct Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional and give sufficient condition such that the system error model in (11) could be asymptotically stable in mean square.

Theorem 11. Consider the system (1) and suppose that the estimator parameters are given. The system error model (11) is said to be asymptotically stable in mean square, if there exists positive definite matrices , , , and scalars , , satisfying the following inequality: where

Proof. For the stability analysis of the system (11), construct the following Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional: where
By calculating the difference of along error dynamics (11), we have
According to Lemma 9, we have
Besides, according to Assumption 4, we have
The combination of (19)–(23) results in where
According to Lyapunov stability theory, system dynamic (11) the stable means
According to Lemma 8, (26) is equivalent towhere Multiply on both ends of the matrix; then
Inequality (29) can be rewritten into the following form: where
According to Lemma 10, inequality (30) is equivalent to
Then applying Lemma 10 again, we can acquire inequality (17), which means , and the proof of Theorem 11 is complete.

Notice that the inequality (17) in Theorem 11 demonstrates the stability of the dynamic model (11); however, the gain of fault detection observer cannot be acquired; we will try to find an accessible way to solve the problem.

Theorem 12. The system error model (11) is said to be asymptotically stable in mean square, if there exists positive definite matrices , , , and scalars , , satisfying the following inequality: where and , , , , and are defined in Theorem 11; in this case, the gain of fault detection observer is

Proof. We set , so , and substitute it into Theorem 11; we can get the result easily, and the proof of Theorem 12 is complete.

Remark 13. The main results in Theorems 1112 can be applied to a wide class of wireless network control systems that involve randomly occurring uncertainties and time delays that result typically from networked environments. The LMI conditions are established to ensure the existence of the desired estimator gain, and the explicit expression of such estimator gain is characterized in terms of the solution to a LMI that can be effectively solved.

4. Numerical Simulations

In this section, we present an illustrative example to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed theorems. Consider the system model (1), where In addition, we suppose the nonlinear function , so we have . Besides, we set , , , and .

Parameters can be acquired based on Theorems 11 and 12; we have

So we have When , we make . Then the residual signal is shown in Figure 2. In addition, the threshold is selected as , and accordingly, it can be obtained that in Figure 3. It can be clearly observed that the fault can be detected in 10 time steps after its occurrence and the designed observer can detect the system fault effectively when it occurs.

5. Conclusion

In this paper, we have considered the fault detection problem for a class of wireless networked control systems with randomly occurring uncertainties and time delays. A fault detection observer has been designed such that the fault detection dynamics is exponentially stable in the mean square and, at the same time, the error between the residual signal and the fault signal is made as small as possible. Sufficient conditions have been established via intensive stochastic analysis for the existence of the desired fault detection observer, and then the explicit expression of the desired observer gain has been derived by means of the feasibility of certain matrix inequality. Finally, simulation results demonstrate the effectiveness of proposed method.

Conflict of Interests

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.


This work has been supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant no. 61104109), the Natural Science Foundation of Jiangsu Province of China (Grant no. BK2011703), the Support of Science and Technology and Independent Innovation Foundation of Jiangsu Province of China (Grant no. BE2012178), the NUST Outstanding Scholar Supporting Program, and the Doctoral Fund of Ministry of Education of China (Grant no. 20113219110027).