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Abstract and Applied Analysis
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 905968, 10 pages
Research Article

Discretized Lyapunov Function Approach for Switched Linear Systems under Dwell Time Constraint

1School of Electrical Engineering, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031, China
2Institute of Information Security and Computing Technology, Mianyang Normal University, Mianyang 621006, China
3School of Transportation and Logistics, Southwest Jiaotong University, Chengdu 610031, China

Received 14 March 2014; Accepted 18 June 2014; Published 3 July 2014

Academic Editor: Jaeyoung Chung

Copyright © 2014 Yongchi Zhao 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.


This paper is concerned with the stability and disturbance attenuation properties of switched linear system with dwell time constraint. A novel time-scheduled Lyapunov function is introduced to deal with the problems studied in this paper. To numerically check the existence of such time-scheduled Lyapunov function, the discretized Lyapunov function technique usually used in time-delay system is developed in the context of switched system in continuous-time cases. Based on discretized Lyapunov function, sufficient conditions ensuring dwell-time constrained switched system global uniformly asymptotically stable are established, then the disturbance attenuation properties in the sense of gain are studied. The main advantage of discretized Lyapunov function approach is that the derived sufficient conditions are convex in subsystem matrices, which makes the analysis results easily used and generalized. Thus, the control synthesis problem is considered. On the basis of analysis results in hand, the control synthesis procedures including both controller and switching law design are unified into one-step method which explicitly facilitates the control synthesis process. Several numerical examples are provided to illustrate the results within our paper.