This paper formulates sufficiency-type global stability and asymptotic stability results for, in general, nonlinear time-varying dynamic systems with state-trajectory solution-dependent parameterizations. The stability proofs are based on obtaining sufficiency-type conditions which guarantee that either the norms of the solution trajectory or alternative interval-type integrals of the matrix of dynamics of the higher-order than linear terms do not grow faster than their available supremum on the preceding time intervals. Some extensions are also given based on the use of a truncated Taylor series expansion of chosen truncation order with multiargument integral remainder for the dynamics of the differential system.

1. Introduction

It is of interest to investigate explicit solution forms, if possible, and the stability and asymptotic stability properties of ordinary differential equations whose coefficients eventually depend on the solution trajectory and on its relevant derivatives with respect to time. In particular, differential equations whose coefficients depend on the solution and derivatives up till a certain order have been formally investigated, for instance, in [1, 2] and references therein. On the other hand, the stability properties of time-varying dynamic linear and nonlinear systems have been also investigated, for instance, in [312] and some of the references therein. In particular, Lyapunov second method for stability theory has been successfully used to address and discuss the boundedness and stability properties of the solutions of two class of third-order differential equations whose coefficients are time-varying functions which might depend on the solution and their two first-order time-derivatives.

The duality which exists between ordinary and functional differential equations of orders higher than one is well known. This duality is also reflected in their alternative equivalent descriptions in terms of sets of systems of first-order differential equations. On the other hand, it is also well known the usefulness of such descriptions to find explicit closed forms of solutions and to perform the analysis of their stability properties. Note that the descriptions of ordinary and functional differential equations of order through sets of first-order differential equations, eventually coupled, is suitable to formalize both the analytic solutions and, in particular, the stability properties of real-world dynamic systems of order . This procedure might allow, to some extent, to get standard solution trajectory analytic expressions in a closed form and to obtain conditions of stability for the original differential equation.

This paper states and proves sufficiency-type global Lyapunov’s stability and Lyapunov’s asymptotic stability results of a differential system of an arbitrary -th order decomposed as a set of first-order ordinary differential equations whose parameterization is, in general, time-varying and depends on the solution trajectory. The differential system is, in fact, the description via first-order differential equations of an ordinary, or functional, differential equation of the same order whose coefficients depend on the solution, its relevant time-derivatives, and, eventually, explicitly with time. The technical mathematical proofs are based on getting “ad hoc” mathematical expressions which are obtained analytically for upper-bounds depending on time of the supremum of the solution norm. It is assumed that such a supremum norm evolves with time at a sufficiently slow rate. It is proved that either the global stability or the global asymptotic stability holds under the stability of a matrix function which generates the fundamental matrix of a certain reference unforced system and the sufficiently smallness of the error matrix function between the dynamics of the whole differential system and the above-mentioned stability matrix.

Alternative sufficiency-type global asymptotic stability conditions are got under the time integrability of the norm, or a power of the norm, of the error matrix function with sufficiently small values of the time-interval integral. Taking advantage of the fact that the decomposition of a matrix in a sum of matrices is not unique, there is a freedom in the choice of the matrix which is requested to be stable, the so-called nominal matrix of dynamics, but then the error matrix related to that of the system has to have a sufficiently small norm to achieve the stability properties.

Some extended results are also given if a truncated Taylor series expansion with an integral remainder around the equilibrium point is developed. In particular, the remainder expression is obtained by respecting the compatibility of the regularity conditions, with respect to the state-trajectory solution and time, of the matrix defining the whole dynamics of the differential system and the truncation order in the series expansion chosen to define the error matrix. The first one of those matrices defines the nominal matrix of dynamics, which exhibits stability properties, while the second one defines the error matrix related to the whole matrix function associated to the differential system at hand.

On the other hand, it can be pointed out that there are certain epidemic models where some of the coefficients describing the differential equations are time-varying and depending on the state defined by the subpopulations which take part of the model. In particular, a normalized SIR epidemic model (that is, with susceptible, infectious, and recovered integrated subpopulations) whose recovery rate is time-varying and state dependent is described and analyzed in [13]. In [14], an epidemic model with random screening (that is, the detected infectious are removed into a special class) is proposed with a nonlinear incidence rate which depends on the susceptible and the infectious, that is on the model state. On the other hand, in [15], a true-mass action type SEIR epidemic model (that is, with susceptible, exposed, infectious, and recovered integrated subpopulations) such that the coefficient disease transmission rate is normalized with the total population is analyzed. In such a way, such a normalized parameter becomes state-dependent, and thus time-varying, in the model. The above three types of state-dependent parameterizations are very common to some commonly used epidemic models. This feature results in their describing differential equations, or their state equations, to have state-dependent and time-varying parameterizations.

The following basic notation is used through the manuscript:

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2. Problem Statement

Consider the -th differential system of first-order equations.where the matrix function has piecewise continuous entries for each pair such that is a solution of (3). Such a matrix function can be, in general nonuniquely, decomposed as

It is assumed thoroughly in the paper that the only (nonnecessarily stable) equilibrium point of (3) for the given and for the case when is ; . In mathematical terms,what implies that ; , as a result. This feature introduces a further constraint on the nonunique additive decomposition (4).

It is, furthermore, assumed that the matrix functions have piecewise continuous entries for each pair such that is a solution of (3). To fix ideas, it is interpreted that defines the nominal dynamics and defines the error dynamics of (3), subject to (4).

Example 1. The differential system (3) can compactly describe a time-varying -th ordinary differential system whose coefficients depend also on the derivatives up till -th order and which are linear in the solution and its first -th derivatives. For instance, a differential equation subject to a more general forcing term than equation (3) of [2] which, together with its second order analogous, plays an important role in the phase locked loop model realized by a T.V. system (see [2, 16, 17]), may be (in general, nonuniquely) described in the form (3) and (4), as follows:according, for instance, to
(a)which is clearly equivalent to the third-order differential equation:independent of any real constants for . If and ; , it is possible to describe the differential system, again in alternative ways, for instance, as follows:
(b)(c)with ; ,
(d)The following further assumptions are made to be used in some of the main subsequent results.

Assumption 1. commutes with ; .

Assumption 2. The matrix function satisfies , and it is a stability matrix for each pair such that is a solution of (3).

Assumption 3. ; such that is a solution of (3).

Remark 1. Note that the decomposition (4) is always possible and nonunique if has piecewise continuous entries for each pair such that is a solution of (3). On the other hand, taking advantage that the decomposition (4) is not unique, one concludes that Assumption 1 is not restrictive at all, in practice. It would suffice, for instance, to take a diagonal and ; .
The main objective of the paper is to derive and prove sufficiency-type global stability and global asymptotic stability results of the differential system (3), subject to (4) by examining the growing rules of its norm through time through “ad hoc” derived integral inequalities.

3. Some Stability Results

The subsequent result relies on the existence and uniqueness of the solution of (3).

Theorem 1. If Assumption 1 holds, then the -th differential system (3) has a unique solution for each initial condition which is given bywhere ; is the fundamental matrix function of the -th differential system differential system ; , which satisfies ; :

Proof. Note from (12) that and that (12) is everywhere time-differentiable on whose derivative is by using Leibnitz’s rule:after replacing (3) in the second identity of (14). Note that (12) is a unique solution for each since it is a closed formula and that it is calculated by taking the auxiliary system as the unforced system with and whose solution is ; .
It can be pointed out that time-varying matrices, contrarily to constant matrices, do not preserve the stability under arbitrary transformations. There are specific transformations, as, for instance, the so-called Bohl transformations [5], which keep the stability properties from the original representation.

Example 2. Retaking Example 1 with and the particular parameterization of (a) of the matrix yields that the fundamental matrix is ; . Assumption 1 holds trivially and the boundedness part of Assumption 2 also holds.
The subsequent result is related to the boundedness of the solution and the stability properties of (3).

Theorem 2. If Assumptions 1–3 hold, then the -th differential system (3), subject to (4), has a uniformly bounded solution for any finite initial conditions and it is globally asymptotically stable at large (i.e., in ) if is sufficiently small satisfying a maximum measurable guaranteed upper-bound amount which is given explicitly in the proof.

Proof. Note that, from Assumption 2, for some bounded piecewise-continuous functions and .
Then,whereNote that since for and, from L’Hopital rule,Then,DefineNow, assume that , then ; since ; .
Then, the solution (12) is uniformly bounded for all time for any given finite initial conditions, and the differential system (3) is globally uniformly stable at large in Lyapunov’s sense as a result. It is now proved by contradiction argument that the stability is asymptotic. Assume on the contrary that there is a sequence such that ; . Assume that the following cases can occur.

Case a. There is a subsequence such that ; . This case is not possible since then the solution is not uniformly bounded for all .

Case b. There is a subsequence such that ; . Then,where , , such that if and only if ; i.e., is the largest time instant in where the supremum is reached within such an interval for all . Now, if the subsequence is not unique then, with no loss in generality, take the one such that there is some finite and there is no such that ; so that ; and . Thus, one gets from (21) thatso thatfor some ; , . Then, which implies that for any subsequence such that ; it holds that , a contradiction to the assumption of Case b. Then, Case b is not possible either. As a result, the proved global stability is also asymptotic at large.□
Some necessary, but not sufficient, conditions for global stability or global asymptotic stability can be got by simple direct inspection of the various parameterizations of the differential system (3), subject to (4), given in the particular Example 1. Such conditions are basically addressed by inspecting the (3, 3)-entry of the corresponding matrices as discussed in the next result.

Proposition 1. Consider the third-order Example 1 of the differential system (3) subject to (4). Then, the following properties hold:(i)If , and with and , then the system is not globally asymptotically stable at large, but it can be globally stable at large. The property can also hold if , and do not hold for all time while ; (Assumption 3) with sufficiently small .(ii)If satisfies Assumption 1 and its third row has no entry either being identically zero or unbounded or negative for all time, then the system (3), subject to (4), can be globally asymptotically stable only if(iii)If satisfies Assumption 1 and its third row has no entry either being identically zero or negative for all time, and if satisfies Assumption 3 with being sufficiently small for all , then the system (3), subject to (4), can be globally asymptotically stable only if(iv)If the entries of the third row of satisfy and, for each given initial conditions, and while satisfies eitheror if some of the above equalities fail but Assumption 3 holds, with being sufficiently small for all , then the system (3), subject to (4), can be globally asymptotically stable.

Proof. Note that Assumption 1 and the first part of Assumption 2 on boundedness hold trivially since is constant. On the other hand, since ; , Assumption 3 holds trivially and the stability of the differential system reduces to the stability of the constant matrix . Note that the characteristic equation of is , and since the coefficient of in the characteristic polynomial is zero, then the matrix is not a stability matrix and then the differential system cannot be globally asymptotically stable but can be globally stable depending on the values of and since they are positive. Furthermore, since as , (at least) an eigenvalue of the fundamental matrix of multiplicity vanishes exponentially with time as time tends to infinity (note that cannot equalize since then would be a stability matrix). Thus, the remaining eigenvalues of of spectrum fulfill that . If the given equalities fail but Assumption 3 holds, then the nonasymptotic property can still holds under extra sufficiency-type conditions from Theorem 2. Proposition 1 (i) has been proved. Propositions 1 (ii) and 1 (iii) follow in the same way provided that which guarantees that , respectively, which is a necessary condition for global asymptotic stability. Proposition 1 (iv) follows from close arguments as those invoked for proving Proposition 1 (i) if is a stability matrix (note that this is possible depending on its eigenvalues while contrarily can never be a stability matrix) and is either zero or with sufficiently norm for all time.

Example 3. Assume that the system of Example 1 with is parameterized with the parameterization of (a). The constant matrix is a stability matrix if its characteristic equation has all its roots in the open complex left-hand-side. This holds from the Routh-Hurwitz criterion if and only if , , and . If the parameterization of (d) is used, then the modified matrix of dynamics is a stability matrix if and only if(i)The parameterization of (a) is useful to guarantee the global asymptotic stability of the differential system (3), subject to (4), that is if is stable and, furthermore, is sufficiently small for all time in the sense that if is the stability abscissa of , i.e., the absolute value of its (stable) eigenvalue being closer to the complex imaginary axis satisfying:(ii)The parameterization of (d) is useful if is a stability matrix of stability abscissa , and

Remark 2. Theorem 2 proves that under Assumption 3 which requests the uniform boundedness of and for any pair such that is a solution of (3). The theorem concludes the global asymptotic stability at large of (3). This suggests that the global asymptotic stability in a closed ball (rather than in the large) can be formulated for a certain closed ball of containing the solution trajectory of (3) for any initial conditions in a given closed ball without invoking Assumption 3. Thus, define the closed balls andThus, Theorem 2 has the following useful corollary which does need “a priori” boundedness conditions on the norm of the supremum of the solution as invoked in Assumption 3.

Corollary 1. If Assumptions 1 and 2 hold, then the -th differential system (3), subject to (4), has a uniformly bounded solution for any initial conditions in and it is globally asymptotically stable with the trajectory solution contained in if is small enough such that (see Theorem 2).□
The subsequent result is similar to Theorem 2 without assuming the boundedness of which can be expanded in series for all values of the trajectory solution at any time according to a small time-varying parameter. Also, it can grow unboundedly with time if is strictly upper-bounded by the inverse of a small time-varying function which can vanish asymptotically.
The bounded closed domain which contains the state trajectory solution for all time may be defined depending on the relevant parameters of the differential system.

Example 4. Let the initial conditions of (3), subject to (4), satisfy . Then, sufficient conditions for ; for some can be got from Theorem 2, equation (18), as follows:So, , or if . Note that as a result.
Now, assume that is given as the radius of the closed ball around zero which fixes the domain for initial conditions and is prefixed as the radius of the suitable closed ball which guarantees that the solution remains within it for all time. Thus, so that the constraint guarantees the respective radii and for a given provided that . The combination of both norm constraints leads that the first one is stronger since .

Theorem 3. Let Assumptions 1–2 hold and assume also that(1)The pair of real constants defined in the proof of Theorem 2 satisfies the constraint (2)There exists a function ; such that (note that is allowed to be asymptotically vanishing) and such that Then, the -th differential system (3), subject to (4), has a uniformly bounded solution for any finite initial conditions, and it is globally asymptotically stable at large (i.e., in ).

Proof. Note that ; for some and some ; implies thatwithEquation (20) is modified as follows:leading toorso thatand since and ; , one haswhich proves the global uniform stability at large. The asymptotic stability at large is proved by contradiction arguments by the construction of the appropriate solution sequences as in Theorem 2.

Corollary 2. Theorem 2 still holds if ; for some given positive integer with ; .

Proof. In this case, one hasThe proof follows by using the above constraint.□
The subsequent result does not invoke Assumption 3. Instead, an upper-bound maximum growing time-interval condition on the time integral of the norm of is used to address sufficiency-type conditions for the global stability and asymptotic stability of (3), subject to (4).

Theorem 4. If Assumptions 1 and 2 hold and, furthermore,for some sufficiently small , then the differential system (3), subject to (4), is globally asymptotically Lyapunov’s stable at large.

Proof. One gets from (18) in the proof of Theorem 1 and Hölder’s inequality thatand for some defined as ; ,Since and are small enough such that , one hasAssume that . Since is arbitrary in (43), there are nonunique strictly increasing real sequences such that ; for some sufficiently large finite , . Then, for any given finite and , sufficiently large values of and sufficiently small related constants , one hasbecause of the dominance of the second right-hand-side numerator related to the denominator for sufficiently large and sufficiently small since is finite. Hence, a contradiction for some sufficiently large finite . Thus, the differential system (3), subject to (4), is globally stable at large as a result. On the other hand, consider three particular cases concerned with the differential system (3), subject to (4).

Case a. It is globally stable at large for sufficiently small constants . Thus, no further proof is needed.

Case b. Its solution is unbounded for sufficiently small constants . In this case, it is unstable what contradicts its already proved global Lyapunov’s stability at large. So, this case is impossible.

Case c. Its solution is bounded but oscillatory. Thus, there is a time interval , of finite or zero measure, with such that so that there is a subsequence of time instants defined by , with and ; , such that so that one gets from the first inequality of (44) thatand then one gets the following contradiction for some sufficiently large finite :by defining the subsequences , and with (note that ) such thatand note also that it suffices to see that the contradiction holds for the finite first element