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Advances in Mathematical Physics
Volume 2018, Article ID 7308476, 7 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/7308476
Research Article

Reachable Set Bounding for a Class of Nonlinear Time-Varying Systems with Delay

1School of Mathematical Sciences, University of Jinan, Jinan, Shandong 250022, China
2School of Mathematical Sciences, Qufu Normal University, Qufu, Shandong 273165, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Yuangong Sun; moc.361@gnognauynus

Received 3 January 2018; Revised 28 February 2018; Accepted 8 March 2018; Published 11 April 2018

Academic Editor: Xin Yu

Copyright © 2018 Xingao Zhu 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

We investigate the problem of reachable set bounding for a class of continuous-time and discrete-time nonlinear time-varying systems with time-varying delay. Unlike some preceding works, the involved disturbance input and time-varying delay are not assumed to be bounded. By employing an approach which does not involve the conventional Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional, new conditions are proposed such that all the state trajectories of the system converge asymptotically within a ball. Two illustrative examples are also given to show the effectiveness of the obtained results.

1. Introduction

Reachable set bounding plays an important role in ensuring safe operation in practical engineering through synthesizing controllers to avoid undesirable (or unsafe) regions in the state space [1]. Therefore, the problem of reachable set bounding with different dynamics has been investigated by many researchers in recent years in [27], to name a few.

Time delay has received a lot of attention due to its common presence in practical engineering and its detrimental effects on stability [814] and performance of systems such as oscillation [1519]. Therefore, the problem of the reachable set bounding for systems with delay becomes very important. By using the Lyapunov-Razumikhin approach, an ellipsoid was given to bound the reachable set of linear systems with delay and bounded peak inputs in [20]. An improved condition for reachable set bounding for linear systems with delay was proposed in [21] by virtue of a Lyapunov-Krasovskii type functional and the rate of delay. Less conservative estimation results on the reachable set for delayed systems with polytopic uncertainties were established in [22, 23] by choosing pointwise maximum Lyapunov functional corresponding to a vertex of the polytope. A delay-partitioning method was applied to study the reachable set bounding problem of delayed systems in [24], which further reduced the conservatism of some existing results. By using the Lyapunov method, LMI conditions for the existence of ellipsoid-based bounds of reachable sets of a linear uncertain discrete system were given in [25].

However, most of the aforementioned works on the reachable set bounding have been mainly focused on linear time-delay systems with constant matrices or a combination of constant matrices (polytopic uncertainties). It seems to us that little has been known about the explicit estimation of reachable set for nonlinear time-varying systems with time-varying delay. Note that it is difficult to apply the usual Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional method to time-varying systems, because it may lead to unsolvable matrix Riccati differential equations or indefinite linear matrix inequalities.

Based on a method developed in positive systems which does not involve the Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional, a delay-independent condition was derived such that all the state trajectories of linear time-varying systems converge exponentially within a ball in [26]. Recently, the result in [26] was extended to homogeneous positive systems of degree one with time-varying delays in [27]. For a class of nonlinear time-delay systems with bounded disturbances, a new approach to obtain the smallest box which bounds all reachable sets was proposed in [28]. For a switched system with nonlinear disturbance which can be bounded by a linear system, global exponential stability criteria were established in [29].

Inspired by this and motivated by the work in [30, 31], the paper will introduce a new approach which is different from the Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional method to derive new explicit conditions such that all the state trajectories of a class of continuous-time and discrete-time nonlinear time-varying systems with delay converge asymptotically within a ball. The main contribution of this paper is threefold: the nonlinear term considered in this paper takes the more general form, which contains the systems studied in [2629] as special cases; the involved disturbance input and time-varying delay are not assumed to be bounded; unlike some existing works, we do not need to transform the system to a time-invariant one, which leads to less conservative conditions for reachable set bounding.

The rest of this paper is briefly outlined as follows. In Section 2, we present the notation used through this paper as well as preliminaries for our results. Section 3 then focuses on deriving explicit conditions under which all the state trajectories of the system converge asymptotically within a ball. Section 4 provides two illustrative examples to show the effectiveness of the obtained results. The paper is concluded in Section 5.

2. Preliminaries

Throughout this paper, the following notation will be used. Let and denote the set of -dimensional real vectors and the -dimensional real Euclidean space, respectively. Denote and . The matrix is said to be Metzler if all its off-diagonal entries are nonnegative. For , we denote by the th coordinate of . For two vectors , we write if , if , if , if , . Let . Given , set and whose th coordinate is . The weighted -norm of the vector is defined by , where is an -dimensional vector.

We first consider the continuous-time nonlinear time-varying system with delaywhere is the state vector, the time-varying delay is continuous on and satisfies with , is the continuous disturbance input, is the continuous vector valued function specifying the initial state of the system, and the vector fields are continuous and locally Lipschitz with respect to , which ensures the existence and uniqueness of solutions of system (1) [32].

We also consider the following discrete-time nonlinear time-varying system with delay described bywhere is the state vector, the time-varying delay satisfies with , the vector fields , is the disturbance input, and is the vector sequence specifying the initial state of the system.

We first extend some definitions given in [33] to the time variant case.

Definition 1. A continuous vector field , which is continuously differentiable with respect to on , is said to be cooperative if the Jacobian matrix is Metzler for all and .

Definition 2. is order-preserving on if for any and any satisfying .

Definition 3. is said to be homogeneous if, for all , all , and all real , .

It can be similarly shown as in [33] that cooperative vector fields have the following property.

Proposition 4. Let the vector field be cooperative. For any two vectors , with and , one has for .

3. Main Results

We first study the reachable set bounding for the continuous-time system (1). Assume that the vector fields and satisfy the following assumption.

Assumption A1. (i) There exists a cooperative and homogeneous vector field such that for , , , and .

(ii) There exists a homogeneous and order-preserving vector field such that for and .

Theorem 5. Suppose that Assumption A1 holds, and there exist a vector and a differential function with for , such that ,If there exists a positive constant satisfyingthen each solution of system (1) with the initial condition , , satisfies where , and .

Proof. Denote Based on definitions of and , we have that for all and . Next we will prove that for all and . Otherwise, there exists an index and , such that for and , , andBy the definition of , we have that Since is cooperative and homogeneous, we get from Proposition 4 thatNoting that , we obtain Since is order-preserving and homogeneous, we haveTherefore, we can get from Assumption A1, (10), and (12) thatBy using (3) and (5), we have that This together with (4) and (13) yields , which is a contradiction with (8). As a result, for ; that is, It implies that for . This completes the proof of Theorem 5.

Remark 6. In Theorem 5, conditions (3), (4), and (5) arisen from Assumption A1 depend on the time . Such conditions may be less conservative for some cases since they do not require that the disturbance and the time-varying delay are bounded. If we further assume that , , and for and , where is a time-invariant, cooperative, and homogeneous vector field, is a time-invariant, homogeneous, and order-preserving vector field, and are constants, then conditions (3) and (5) are independent of time and hence become verifiable, and can be chosen to be for some in condition (4).

In the sequel, we study the reachable set bounding for the discrete-time system (2), where the vector fields and satisfy the following assumption.

Assumption A2. There exist homogeneous and order-preserving vector fields and such that and for and .

Theorem 7. Assume that Assumption A2 holds, and there exist a vector and a positive sequence with for , such that ,If there exists a positive constant satisfyingthen for any sequence defined on , the solution of system (2) satisfieswhere , and .

Proof. We first have Assume that That is, Since and are homogeneous and order-preserving, we get from Assumption A2 that Therefore,Note that conditions (16) and (18) imply thatThis together with (17) and (24) yields thatBy induction, we have that (19) holds. This completes the proof of Theorem 7

Remark 8. In Theorem 7, although conditions (16), (17), and (18) arisen from Assumption A2 depend on the time , they may be less conservative for some cases since they do not require that the disturbance and the time-varying delay are bounded. If we further assume that , , and for and , where and are time-invariant, homogeneous, and order-preserving vector fields, and are constants, then conditions (16) and (18) are independent of time and verifiable, and can be chosen to be for some in condition (17).

4. Numerical Examples

We now present two numerical examples to illustrate the main results of this paper.

Example 1. Consider the continuous-time nonlinear time-varying system given by (1) with

It can be seen that and satisfy Assumption A1 with Condition (3) reduces toLet for . Then, condition (4) holds ifFor given and satisfying (29) and (30), condition (5) yields thatSet and . A straightforward computation yields that conditions (29) and (30) hold, and . If we choose the initial condition for , then and . By using Theorem 5, the solution of this system satisfies for all . The simulation result is presented in Figure 1.

Figure 1: State and its upper bound of continuous-time system (1).

Generally speaking, the minimal parameter constant can be determined by the following nonlinear programming problem: minimize defined by (31) subject to , , and (29) and (30).

Example 2. Consider the discrete-time nonlinear time-varying system given by (2) with

It is easy to see that and satisfy Assumption A2 with By choosing the vector and with , we have that both (16) and (17) hold. A further computation yields that . By choosing the initial condition , we have and . By using Theorem 7, the solution of the system satisfies for all . The simulation result is presented in Figure 2.

Figure 2: State and its upper bound of discrete-time system (2).

5. Conclusion

In this paper, the problem of reachable set bounding for a class of continuous-time and discrete-time nonlinear time-varying systems with delay has been investigated, where the involved disturbance input and time-varying delay may be unbounded. By using an approach which is different from the Lyapnov-Krasovskii functional method, we establish sufficient conditions such that all the state trajectories of the system converge asymptotically within a ball. Two illustrative examples and simulation results are given to show the effectiveness of the obtained results.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Acknowledgments

This paper is supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant nos. 61473133, 11671227, and 61374074 and the Natural Science Foundation of Shandong Province under Grant no. JQ201119.

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