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# Synthesis of Decentralized Variable Gain Robust Controllers for Large-Scale Interconnected Systems with Structured Uncertainties

**Academic Editor:**Petko Petkov

#### Abstract

In this paper, we propose a decentralized variable gain robust controller which achieves not only robust stability but also satisfactory transient behavior for a class of uncertain large-scale interconnected systems. For the uncertain large-scale interconnected system, the uncertainties and the interactions satisfy the matching condition. The proposed decentralized robust controller consists of a fixed feedback gain controller and a variable gain one determined by a parameter adjustment law. In this paper, we show that sufficient conditions for the existence of the proposed decentralized variable gain robust controller are given in terms of LMIs. Finally, a simple numerical example is included.

#### 1. Introduction

To design control systems, it is necessary to derive a mathematical model for controlled systems. However, there always exist some gaps between the mathematical model and the controlled system; that is, uncertainties between actual systems and mathematical models are unavoidable. Hence for dynamical systems with uncertainties, so-called robust controller design methods have been well studied in the past thirty years, and there are a large number of studies for linear uncertain dynamical systems (e.g., see [1, 2] and references therein). In particular for uncertain linear systems, several quadratic stabilizing controllers and one have been suggested (e.g., [3–5]), and a connection between control and quadratic stabilization has also been established [6]. In addition, several design methods of variable gain controllers for uncertain continuous-time systems have been shown (e.g., [7–9]). These robust controllers are composed of a fixed gain controller and a variable gain one, and variable gain controllers are tuned by updating laws. Especially, in Oya and Hagino [8] the error signal between the desired trajectory and the actual response is introduced and the variable gain controller is determined so as to reduce the effect of uncertainties.

On the other hand, the decentralized control for large-scale interconnected systems has been widely studied, because large-scale interconnected systems can be seen in such diverse fields as economic systems, electrical systems, and so on. A large number of results in decentralized control systems can be seen in Šiljak [10]. A framework for the design of decentralized robust model reference adaptive control for interconnected time-delay systems has been considered in the work of Hua et al. [11] and decentralized fault tolerant control problem has also been studied [12]. Additionally, there are many existing results for decentralized robust control for large-scale interconnected systems with uncertainties (e.g., [13–16]). In Mao and Lin [13] for large-scale interconnected systems with unmodelled interaction, the aggregative derivation is tracked by using a model following technique with online improvement, and a sufficient condition for which the overall system when controlled by the completely decentralized control is asymptotically stable has been established. Gong [15] has proposed decentralized robust controllers which guarantee robust stability with prescribed degree of exponential convergence. Furthermore, some design methods of decentralized guaranteed cost controllers for uncertain large-scale interconnected systems have also been suggested [17, 18].

In this paper, on the basis of the existing results [8, 9], we propose a decentralized variable gain robust controller for a class of uncertain large-scale interconnected systems; that is, this study is an extension of the previous studies in this field. For the uncertain large-scale interconnected systems, uncertainties and interactions satisfy the matching condition. The proposed decentralized variable gain robust control input is defined as a state feedback with a fixed feedback gain matrix designed by using nominal subsystem and an error signal feedback with a fixed compensation gain matrix and a variable one determined by a parameter adjustment law. In this paper, LMI-based sufficient conditions for the existence of the proposed decentralized variable gain robust controller are derived. One can see that the crucial difference between the existing results and our new one is that the derived LMI conditions in this paper are always feasible; that is, the proposed decentralized variable gain robust control system can always be designed. Additionally, the number of LMIs needed to be solved equals the number of subsystems and is less than the conventional decentralized robust control with a fixed feedback gain matrix based on Lyapunov stability criterion. Therefore, the proposed decentralized robust control scheme is very useful.

This paper is organized as follows. We show notations and useful lemmas which are used in this paper in Section 2, and in Section 3, the class of uncertain large-scale interconnected systems under consideration is presented, and uncertain error subsystems and a decentralized variable gain robust control input are introduced. Section 4 contains the main results; that is, LMI-based sufficient conditions for the existence of the proposed decentralized variable gain robust controller are derived. Finally, simple illustrative examples are included to show the effectiveness of the proposed decentralized variable gain robust control system.

#### 2. Preliminaries

In this section, notations and useful and well-known lemmas (see [19, 20] for details) which are used in this paper are shown.

In the paper, the following notations are used. For a matrix , the inverse of matrix and the transpose of one are denoted by and , respectively. Additionally and mean and -dimensional identity matrix, respectively, and the notation represents a block diagonal matrix composed of matrices for . For real symmetric matrices and , means that is positive (resp., nonnegative) definite matrix. For a vector , denotes standard Euclidian norm and,for a matrix , represents its induced norm. The symbols “” and “” mean equality by definition and symmetric blocks in matrix inequalities, respectively.

Lemma 1. *For arbitrary vectors and and the matrices and which have appropriate dimensions, the following inequality holds: **
where with appropriate dimensions is a time-varying unknown matrix satisfying .*

Lemma 2 (Schur complement). *For a given constant real symmetric matrix , the following items are equivalent: *(i)*,*(ii)* and ,*(iii)* and .*

#### 3. Problem Formulation

Consider the uncertain large-scale interconnected system composed of subsystems described as where and are the vectors of the state and the control input for the th subsystem, respectively, and the vector is the state of the overall system. The matrices and in (2) are given by that is, the uncertainties and the interaction terms satisfy the matching condition. In (2) and (3), the matrices , and denote the nominal values of the system, and the matrices , , and with appropriate dimensions represent the structure of interactions or uncertainties. Besides, and denote unknown parameters which belong to the following ellipsoidal sets: In (4), and represent the size of the ellipsoid and are defined as and , respectively, where and are positive constant; that is, matrices and are symmetric positive definite. Besides, and are the unknown parameter vectors given by

Now, the nominal subsystem, ignoring the unknown parameters and the interactions in (2), is given by where and are the vectors of the state and the control input for the th nominal subsystem, respectively.

First of all, in order to generate the desired trajectory in time response for the uncertain th subsystem of (2) systematically, we adopt the standard linear quadratic control problem for the th nominal subsystem of (6). Of course, one can adopt some other design method for deriving the desirable response (e.g., pole placement). It is well known that the optimal control input for the th nominal subsystem of (6) can be obtained as In (7), is a symmetric positive define matrix which satisfies the algebraic Riccati equation where the weighting matrices and are positive definite and are determined in advance so that the desirable transient behavior is achieved.

Based on the existing result [8], we introduce an error vector . Besides, for the th subsystem of (2), using the feedback gain matrix of (7), we define the following control input: where is the compensation input [8, 9] defined as In (10), and are the fixed compensation gain matrix and the variable one for the th subsystem of (2). From (2), (3), (6), (9), and (10), the uncertain error subsystem is derived as In (11), is the stable matrix given by .

From the above discussion, our design objective in this paper is to determine the decentralized variable gain robust control of (9) such that the resultant overall system achieves not only robust stability but also satisfactory transient behavior, that is, to design the fixed gain matrix and the variable one such that asymptotical stability of the overall error system composed of error subsystems of (11) is guaranteed.

#### 4. Decentralized Variable Gain Controllers

The following theorem shows sufficient conditions for the existence of the proposed decentralized control system.

Theorem 3. *Consider the uncertain error subsystem of (11) and the control input of (9).**By using symmetric positive definite matrices and , matrices , and positive constants which satisfy the LMIs
**
the fixed gain matrix and the variable one are determined as and (14), respectively:**
In (12)–(14), matrices , , , , , and are given by
**
where the matrices in (15) and scalars with appropriate dimensions in (18) are given by
**
Note that since the matrix is symmetric semipositive definite, there always exist the matrices . Besides, in (14) is given by [7].**Then the overall error system composed of the error subsystems of (11) is robustly stable.*

*Proof. *In order to prove Theorem 3, let us define the following quadratic function:
where and are given by
Since the state vector can be written as , we can obtain the following relation for the time derivative of the quadratic functions of (24):
Besides, by using Lemma 1, assumptions of (4) for the unknown parameters and , and the well-known inequality for any vectors and with appropriate dimensions and a positive scalar
we have the following relation:
Therefore from the definition of the matrices in (22), the inequality of (28) can be rewritten as

Furthermore, one can easily see that the following relation for the quadratic functions of (25) is satisfied:

Firstly, we consider the case of . In this case, substituting the variable gain matrix of (14) into (29) and some algebraic manipulations give the inequality
Thus, from the definition of the quadratic function of (23), the following relation can be obtained:
The inequality of (32) can be rewritten as
If the matrix inequalities
hold, then the following inequality for the time derivative of the quadratic function of (23) is satisfied:
where .

Next we consider the case of . In this case, one can see from (26) and (30) that the time derivative of the quadratic function of (23) can be written as
Namely, in the case of , the relation of (36) is also satisfied, provided that the inequalities of (34) and (35) hold.

From the above, the overall error system is clearly guaranteed to be stable, because all nominal subsystems are asymptotically stable.

Finally, we consider the inequalities of (34) and (35). By introducing the matrices and and pre- and postmultiplying both sides of the matrix inequality of (34) by , we have the inequality
Thus by applying Lemma 2 (Schur complement) to (35) and (38), we find that the inequalities of (35) and (38) are equivalent to the LMIs of (13) and (12), respectively.

Therefore the proof of Theorem 3 is accomplished.

*Remark 4. *The positive constants in LMIs of (12) and (13) are included in -block only. Namely, the positive constants are independent of LMI variables and . Thus the positive constants can arbitrarily be selected and one can see that the LMIs of (12) and (13) are always feasible. Thus by using the solution of the LMIs of (12) and (13) the fixed compensation gain matrix is determined as and the variable one is given by (14).

*Remark 5. *The proposed decentralized robust controller design method is adaptable when some assumptions are satisfied. Namely, if the matching condition for uncertainties and interactions is satisfied, then the LMIs of (12) and (13) are feasible; that is, the proposed decentralized variable gain robust controller is applicable. Besides, in the proposed controller design method, the number of LMIs needed to be solved is .

On the other hand, the number of the inequalities needed to be solved in the conventional decentralized robust control with fixed gain matrices is “”, provided that the number of unknown parameters included in the overall system is (see the appendix). Therefore, one can see that the proposed controller design method is very useful.

#### 5. Numerical Examples

In order to demonstrate the efficiency of the proposed robust controller, we have run a simple example. The control problem considered here is not necessarily practical. However, the simulation results stated below illustrate the distinct feature of the proposed decentralized robust controller.

In this example, we consider the uncertain large-scale interconnected systems consisting of three two-dimensional subsystems; that is, . The system parameters are given as follows:

Firstly, we choose the weighting matrices and for the nominal subsystems such as , , , , , and . Besides, the design parameters and are selected as and . By solving the algebraic Riccati equation of (8) the following optimal gain matrices for the th nominal subsystem are derived:

Next, by using Theorem 3 we design the proposed decentralized variable gain robust controller. By solving LMIs of (12) and (13), we have positive definite matrices , matrices , and positive scalars given by Thus the fixed gain matrices can be computed as

Note that the number of LMIs needed to be solved in the conventional decentralized robust control with a fixed gain matrix is (see the appendix). Namely, it is difficult to design the conventional fixed gain decentralized robust controller comparing with the proposed design method of the decentralized variable gain robust control.

The result of this example is shown in Figures 1, 2, 3, and 4. In this example, initial values of the uncertain large-scale system with system parameters of (39)–(42) and the nominal system are selected as follows:

In these figures, and denote the th element of for th subsystem and one of the state for th nominal subsystem, respectively. Furthermore, unknown parameters are given as

From these figures, the proposed decentralized variable gain controller stabilizes the uncertain large-scale systems with system parameters of (39)–(42) in spite of uncertainties and interactions. Besides, the proposed variable gain robust control system achieves good transient response close to desired transient behavior generated by the nominal subsystem. Therefore, the effectiveness of the proposed decentralized robust control system has been shown.

#### 6. Conclusions

In this paper, on the basis of the work of Oya and Hagino [8], we have suggested a decentralized variable gain robust controller for a large-scale interconnected system with uncertainties. For the uncertain large-scale interconnected systems, we have presented an LMI-based design method of the proposed decentralized variable gain robust controller. In addition, the effectiveness of the proposed decentralized robust controller has been shown by simple numerical examples. One can easily find that since the parameters in LMIs of (12) and (13) can arbitrarily be selected, these LMIs can be easily solved. Namely, the proposed design approach is very useful comparing with the conventional decentralized robust control.

In the future research, we will extend the proposed controller synthesis to such a broad class of systems as large-scale systems with general uncertainties, uncertain large-scale systems with time delays, and so on.

#### Appendix

In this appendix, we show an LMI-based design method of the conventional decentralized robust controller with a fixed gain matrix for the uncertain large-scale interconnected systems of (2).

We consider the overall system composed of the subsystems of (2). Since the th subsystem is given by (2), we find that the overall system can be written as where . In (A.2), the system matrix and the input one ( and are given by and , resp.) are given by One can easily see that the system matrix affinely depends on the unknown parameters and , because the matrices and are given by (3). Besides, the number of unknown parameters in the overall system of (A.1) can be computed as

For the overall system of (A.1), we consider the following decentralized robust control input for the th subsystem: where is a fixed gain matrix for the th subsystem. Then the closed-loop system can be rewritten as where the fixed gain is given by

Therefore the problem is to derive the fixed gain matrices such that the closed-loop system of (A.5) is robustly stable.

In order to design the fixed gain matrices , we consider the quadratic function In (A.7), is a symmetric positive definite matrix defined as where .

The time derivative of the quadratic function of (A.7) along the trajectory of the closed-loop system of (A.5) can be written as Namely, if the following relation is satisfied, then the robust stability of the closed-loop system of (A.5) is guaranteed: By introducing two complementary variables and and pre- and postmultiplying (A.9) by , the condition (A.9) is written as where .

Now, we define the following unknown parameter vector: Next, by introducing the constant vector we consider the bounded set expressed by the hypercube One can easily see that the unknown parameter vector belongs to the hypercube of (A.13). Thus, by considering the sets of vertices of the hypercube such as the design problem of the fixed gain matrices is one of finding the matrices and which satisfy the condition

From the above if the LMIs of (A.15) are feasible, then by using the solution and the fixed gain matrices can be obtained as

Consequently, the following theorem for designing the conventional decentralized robust control system is obtained.

**Theorem A.1.*** Consider the large-scale interconnected system of (2) and the decentralized control input of (A.4)*.

*If there exist the symmetric positive definite matrix ** and the matrix ** which satisfy the LMIs of (A.15), then the fixed gain matrix ** for the decentralized control input of (A.4) can be computed as (A.16)*.

#### Conflict of Interests

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.

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