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International Journal of Mathematics and Mathematical Sciences
Volume 17 (1994), Issue 1, Pages 103-112

Solutions to Lyapunov stability problems of sets: nonlinear systems with differentiable motions

Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Natal, Rm. 1-05, Elec. Eng. Bldg., King George V Avenue, Durban 4001, South Africa

Received 23 January 1991; Revised 28 April 1993

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Time-invariant nonlinear systems with differentiable motions are considered. The algorithmic necessary and sufficient conditions are established in various forms for one-shot construction of a Lyapunov function, for asymptotic stability of a compact invariant set and for the exact determination of the asymptotic stability domain of the invariant set.

The classical conditions are expressed in terms of existence of a system Lyapunov functions. The conditions of theorems presented herein are expressed via properties of the solution ? to ??=-p, or of the solution ? to ??=-(1-?)p, for arbitrarily selected p?P(S;f) or p?P1(S;f), where families P(S;f) and P1(S;f) are well defined. The equation ??=-p, or its equivalent ??=-(1-?)p, should be solved only for one selection of the function p.