Journal of Applied Mathematics

Volume 2013, Article ID 360170, 7 pages

http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/360170

## A Stability Condition with Delay-Dependence for a Class of Switched Large-Scale Time-Delay Systems

Department of Electrical Engineering, Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology, No. 1 NanTai Street, Yongkang District, Tainan City, Taiwan

Received 4 February 2013; Revised 2 April 2013; Accepted 3 April 2013

Academic Editor: Han H. Choi

Copyright © 2013 Chi-Jo Wang and Juing-Shian Chiou. 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

By using the time-switched method and the comparison theorem, we derived a criterion of delay-dependent stability for the switched large-scale time-delay systems. To guarantee the exponential stability for the switched large-scale time-delay systems with stability margin , the total activation time ratio of the switching law is determined. An example is used to illustrate the effectiveness of our result.

#### 1. Introduction

Switched systems can be fully described by a class of continuous-time subsystems (or discrete-time subsystems) and the rule deciding the switching between them. It is most frequent that the switching among multiple subsystems are involved in the control process of practical systems. Many examples with that switching nature can be found in the applications like power systems, chemical process control systems, navigation systems, and automobile speed change systems. In the study of switched systems, most works mainly dealt with stability. In the past twenty years, we have seen increasing interest in the stabilization of such systems; please refer to, for example, [1–4] and the references therein. Two important methods, the state variable methods, and the time-switched methods are often used to construct the switching law for the switched systems stabilization. The state variable methods look for a common Lyapunov function shared by all subsystems; the overall system stability is assured when such Lyapunov function exits, regardless of the switching strategy selected. However, a common Lyapunov function cannot be easily found; hence, finding of a restricted class of switching laws under which switched systems can be made stable became the focal point. On the other hand, for the time-switched method, the concept of dwell time plays a central role. Recently, there are notable breakthroughs made in several works based on the method of dwell time. It was shown that when all subsystem matrices are Hurwitz, then the overall switched system is always exponentially stable if the time between consecutive switching (dwell time) is sufficiently large. It was demonstrated in [5] that switching among stable linear systems yields a stable system when the switching is “slow-on-the-average.” When unstable subsystems of switched systems are present, if the average dwell time is sufficiently large and the total activation time of unstable subsystems is relatively short in comparison, then exponential stability of a desire degree is ensured in [6]. Reference [7] proposed stability conditions using the concepts of minimum/maximum holding time and redundancy of each subsystem which was involved instead of the multiple Lyapunov functions. A different “time-varying” or “adjustable” dwell time to deal with switched nonlinear systems with disturbances was studied in [8].

It is well known that the presence of time-delays is inevitable in applications like chemical process control, long distance transmission lines, hybrid procedures, and electronic networks. Time delays may lead to poor performances or even instability (see, e.g., [9, 10]). Hence, we consider the stability issue of switched time-delay systems well worthy of research. Also, a large-scale system is often considered as a class of interconnected subsystems. This aspect reduces the complexity in stability analysis. Recently, different methods have been used to investigate the stability and stabilization of large-scale time-delay systems [11]. In view of all these, we consider that the stability of switched large-scale time-delay systems needs to be thoroughly studied [12].

In this paper, we intend to use the time-switched method and the comparison theorem to derive a sufficient stability conditions with delay-dependence for the switched large-scale time-delay systems. The total activation time ratio under the switching law is required to be no less than a preset constant. Finally, we will present one simulation example to show the effectiveness of our result. The following notations will be used throughout the paper: stand for the eigenvalues of matrix , denotes the norm of matrix ; that is, *. * denotes the matrix measure of matrix ; that is, .

#### 2. System Description and Problem Statement

Consider the switched large-scale time-delay systems where is the state vectors of the th subsystem, , is the number of subsystem for each individual system, is the dimension of individual system, , and and are matrices of compatible dimensions. is a piecewise constant function of time, called a switch signal, is the number of individual system; that is, the matrix switches between matrices belonging to the set and , the matrix switches between matrices belonging to the set and , and is time-delay duration. is a vector-valued initial continuous function defined on the interval , and finally , defined on , is the initial condition of the state. Assume .

Hence, the switched large-scale time-delay system (1) can also be written as

As we have indicated earlier, very few research articles have ever addressed the stability issue of the switched large-scale time-delay system (1). Some existing results from the literature are helpful for further stability analysis.

Consider the time-delay system where , and are matrices in proper dimensions, and is the delay.

Lemma 1 (see [13]). *For matrices , , the following relation holds:
*

Lemma 2 (see [14]). *Let for and if . Then there exist a and a such that for .*

Without loss of generality, we assume that the switched large-scale time-delay system (1) at least has one individual system whose values, , are less than zero, and

We assumes (or ) is the total activation time of the th subsystem whose values are no less than zero (total activation time of the th subsystem whose values are less than zero). The switching law of the th subsystem can be defined as follows: where , , .

Moreover, (or ) is the total activation time of individual systems whose values are less than zero for (the total activation time of individual systems at least has one subsystem whose values are not less than zero). The total activation time ratio between and can be regarded as a switching law of the switched delayed large-scale system (1). Thus, we examine the following problem: finding the total activation time ratio / which guarantees that the switched large-scale time-delay system (1) is globally exponentially stable with stability margin .

Furthermore, we define an auxiliary matrix as follows: where , , , , , , and for , where , , and .

A sufficient condition for stability of the switched large-scale time-delay systems (1) is established in the following theorem by using the time-switched method.

#### 3. Main Results

Theorem 3. *Suppose that the switched large-scale time-delay system (1) exists at least an individual subsystem whose value is less than zero. The switched large-scale time-delay system (1) is globally exponentially stable with stability margin for , if the system (1) satisfies the following switching law:
**
where .*

*Proof. *We can obtain the following equation:
Therefore, the switched large-scale time-delay system (1) can also be written as
where and .

Hence, the solution of the system (10) can be expressed as
where . Let
Performing the norm on both sides of (12) and in view of Lemma 1, we can obtain
Furthermore, the switching law (6) of the th subsystem can become as
Hence, the following inequality can be obtained:
Using the properties of matrix norm, we can obtain the following inequality:
where , .

Hence, performing the norm on both sides of (11) and in view of Lemma 1, we can obtain
Let
Then, (18) is the solution of the following system:
Hence, the exponentially stability of implies that of by the comparison theorem. Furthermore, the system (19) also can be expressed as the system (7). It is clear that if the system (7) is stable and the switching law is as (8), then the switched large-scale time-delay system (1) is also globally exponentially stable with stability margin .

#### 4. An Illustrative Example

*Example 4. *Consider a switched large-scale time-delay system composed of three individual switched systems.

Individual system 1 :
Individual system 2 :
Individual system 3 :

According to the normal test of stability for the large-scale system, the system 1 is stable; the systems 2 and 3 are both unstable. We can easily calculate , , , and and . Hence, the stable matrices and can be obtained by choosing , , and . Hence, and . Furthermore, the switching law of the th subsystem, , can be calculated as , , and . Therefore, the total activation time ratio for the switching law is .

Finally, the switched large-scale time-delay system (22) is globally exponentially stable under the switching law with stability margin and . To satisfy the switching law, we choose the total activation time ratio to be 4.5 : 1. The activation time of individual system 1 is 4.5 seconds, and the total activation time for both systems 2 and 3 is 1 second. The trajectory of the large-scale time-delay-switched system is shown in Figure 1 with initial state and time delay being 0.01 second.

#### 5. Conclusions

From an analysis based on the time-switched method and the comparison theorem, a sufficient condition of the switched laws is presented. The total activation time ratio under the switching laws needs to be greater or equal to a specified constant to ensure that the switched large-scale time-delay system is delay-dependent exponentially stable with stability margin .

#### Acknowledgment

This work is supported by the National Science Council, Taiwan, under Grant nos. NSC101-2221-E-218-027 and NSC 100-2632-E-218-001-MY3.

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