This paper investigates the problem of robust nonfragile fuzzy filtering for uncertain Takagi-Sugeno (T-S) fuzzy systems with interval time-varying delays. Attention is focused on the design of a filter such that the filtering error system preserves a prescribed performance, where the filter to be designed is assumed to have gain perturbations. By developing a delay decomposition approach, both lower and upper bound information of the delayed plant states can be taken into full consideration; the proposed delay-fractional-dependent stability condition for the filter error systems is obtained based on the direct Lyapunov method allied with an appropriate and variable Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional choice and with tighter upper bound of some integral terms in the derivation process. Then, a new robust nonfragile fuzzy filter scheme is proposed, and a sufficient condition for the existence of such a filter is established in terms of linear matrix inequalities (LMIs). Finally, some numerical examples are utilized to demonstrate the effectiveness and reduced conservatism of the proposed approach.

1. Introduction

During the past several years, fuzzy systems of the T-S model [1, 2] have attracted great interests from the stability and control community [3]. It is well known that the problem of filtering is both theoretically and practically important in control and signal processing [4, 5]. The main advantage of filtering is that no statistical assumption on the noise signals is needed and, thus, it is more general than classical Kalman filtering [6]. Moreover, the filter is designed by minimizing signal estimation error for the bounded disturbances and noises of the worst cases, which is more robust than classical Kalman filtering [7, 8]. For the fuzzy filtering problem based on T-S fuzzy models, some important results have been obtained; see for example, [914], and the references therein.

Among the literatures, An et al. [11] designed some filters for uncertain systems with time-varying distributed delays. In [12, 13], some new delay-dependent filter design schemes have been proposed for continuous-time T-S fuzzy systems. Huang et al. [14] improved some existing results on filter design for T-S fuzzy systems with time delay. And the filter has been shown to be much more robust against unmodeled dynamics [10]. Moreover, Li and Gao [15] proposed a new comparison model by employing a new approximation for delayed state, and then lifting method and simple LK functional method are used to analyze the scaled small gain of this comparison model and developed reduced-order filtering [16] and finite frequency filtering [17] for discrete-time systems and for 2-D systems [18], and then these new method can also be extended to T-S fuzzy systems case.

On the other hand, the nonfragile control and filtering problems have been attractive topics in theory analysis and practical implement. The nonfragile concept is proposed to this new problem: how to design a controller or filter that will be insensitive to some error in gains [1921]. For the nonfragile filtering problem, some numerically effective design methods have been obtained [2131]. Yang et al. [2124] focused on the nonfragile filtering problem for linear systems and fuzzy system, respectively. However, the time delays are not considered [2124]. Most recently, Chang and Yang [31] proposed the design of nonfragile filter for discrete-time T-S fuzzy systems with multiplicative gain variations and investigated fuzzy modeling and control for a class of inverted pendulum system in [32]; however, they are also not considered as the time delay case. However, time delay, as a source of instability and poor performance, often appears in many dynamic systems, for example, chemical process, biological systems, nuclear reactor, rolling mill systems and communication networks [2, 3], and networked control systems. In particular, a special type of time delay, interval time-varying delays, that is, and , is not restricted to be zero in practical engineering systems as NCS. Xia and Li [30] concerned with the nonfragile filter design problem for uncertain discrete-time T-S fuzzy systems with time delay, whereas the delay is constant case. Li et al. [26] investigated the problem of nonfragile robust filtering for a class of T-S fuzzy time-delay systems, whereas the delay is limited to and . Moreover, when , which does not allow the fast time-varying delay, the restriction will limit the application scope. Therefore, the robust nonfragile fuzzy filtering for uncertain nonlinear systems via T-S fuzzy models with interval time-varying delays has not only important theoretical interest but also practical value. And, to best of our knowledge, few results on robust nonfragile fuzzy filtering for the above fuzzy systems have been reported in the literatures. This motivates the present research.

In this paper, we will investigate the problem of robust nonfragile fuzzy filter designs for uncertain T-S fuzzy systems with interval time-varying delays. Our objective is to design a fuzzy filter with the gain perturbations such that the filtering error system is asymptotically stable with a prescribed performance. Firstly, based on the Lyapunov stability theory and Finsler lemma, a delay-fractional-dependent sufficient condition is derived since a new LK functional is constructed by developing a variable delay-decomposition method and estimating tightly the upper bound of its derivative through some improved inequalities techniques. Then, based on the above conditions, a sufficient condition for the solvability of the aforementioned system is developed in terms of LMIs. Finally, some numerical examples are provided to illustrate the feasibility and advantage of the proposed design method.

2. Problem Formulation

Consider a nonlinear system with interval time-varying delays which could be approximated by a time-delay T-S fuzzy model with plant rules.

Plant Rule . IF is and … and is , THEN where is the state vector; is the measurement vector; is the disturbance signal vector which belongs to ; is the signal vector to be estimated; is the continuous initial vector function defined on ; denote the premise variables; and represent the fuzzy sets, , and is the number of IF-THEN rules. In what follows, we define for brevity, and we denote the coefficient matrices of system (1) as where denotes the nominal part of , and the uncertainty is considered as time varying but norm bounded; that is, stands for the uncertain part, are constant real matrices, and are unknown time-varying matrices satisfying .

The time-varying delay is assumed to be either differentiable case satisfied with , where are given bounds, or fast-varying case (i.e., , but no constraints on the delay derivatives, is unknown).

Let , in which is the membership function of in . It is assumed that , and then . By fuzzy blending, the final output of the fuzzy system (1) is inferred as follows:

Motivated by the parallel distributed compensation (PDC), in this paper, we consider the following full order nonfragile fuzzy filter.

Rule . IF is and … and is , THEN where and are the state and output of the filter, respectively. The filter matrices are to be determined, and , denotes the time-varying parameters of fuzzy filter, and are unknown time-varying matrices satisfying . For simplicity, we define ; ; ; and . The defuzzified output of fuzzy filter system (4) is inferred as follows:

Defining the augmented state vector , , and , we can obtain the following filtering error system: where

Then the robust fuzzy filter design problem to be addressed in this paper can be expressed as follows.

Robust Nonfragile Fuzzy Filtering Problem. Given uncertain fuzzy system (3), design a suitable robust nonfragile fuzzy filter in the form of (5) such that the following two requirements are satisfied simultaneously:(R1)the filtering error system (6) with is asymptotically stable;(R2)the performance is guaranteed for all nonzero and a prescribed under zero initial condition.

The following lemmas will be useful in establishing our main results.

Lemma 1 1 (integral inequalities, Gu et al. [3] and Zhang et al. [33]). Let be a vector-valued function with first-order continuous-derivative entries. Then, for any matrices , , , and some given scalars , the following integral inequality holds.(1)When and are constant values, (2)When and are time-varying, , (3)When are time-varying, , and is any symmetric matrix, with and .

Lemma 2 (Wang et al. [34]). Let , and be real matrices of appropriate dimensions with being a matrix function satisfying . Then, for any scalar , we have . Furthermore, for any scalar such that , we have .

3. Main Results

In this section, we provide a delay-fractional-dependent sufficient condition for the solvability of robust nonfragile fuzzy filtering problem for the system (1), which is formulated in the previous section.

The following proposition will be useful in establishing our main results.

Proposition 3. For real matrices and , with compatible dimensions, the following inequalities are equivalent, where is an extra slack nonsingular matrix:

where .

Proof. See the Appendix.

Then, we divide the delay interval and into four segments: , where . For simplicity, we denote , , , and . For the T-S fuzzy filter error system (6), based on the Lyapunov stability theorem, we will give a sufficient condition for the solvability of the fuzzy filter design problem for the system (1) by using the novel delay decomposition approach.

Theorem 4. Given scalars and , the filter error system (6), for all differentiable delay with , is asymptotically stable and has a prescribed performance level if there exist real symmetric matrices, , , , , the nonsingular matrix and matrices , with appropriate dimensions, and positive scalars , such that the inequalities in (12) hold: wherewith A suitable filter in the form of (4) can be given by

Proof. The delay-dependent LK functional can be constructed as follows: where denotes the function defined on the interval and
with , being real symmetry matrices to be determined.
Taking the derivative of (16) with respect to along the trajectory of the filtering error system (6), we have
For any , it is a fact that or , (). In the case of ; that is, , , suitably using the integral inequalities in Lemma 1, the following inequalities are true: with and .
It follows from (18)-(19) that with , where
and is defined as follows: Since , applying the convex combination method, we conclude that if then For , by Schur complement, we have By using Proposition 3, we have the following inequality, which is equivalent to (27):
Let , and, using Lemma 2, for the case of , we have the following equation:
If (12) when hold, then , which implies that the first term of (23) is true. Similar to the above process, if (12) when hold and we also have , then (24) hold.
Meanwhile, if ; that is, , , similar to the above deduction process, we also can obtain the conclusion that if (12) hold, then (24) hold.
So far, when assuming the zero disturbance input, from (18)–(19), we can obtain that where