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Qudrat Khan, Aamer Iqbal Bhatti, Antonella Ferrara, "Dynamic Sliding Mode Control Design Based on an Integral Manifold for Nonlinear Uncertain Systems", Journal of Nonlinear Dynamics, vol. 2014, Article ID 489364, 10 pages, 2014. https://doi.org/10.1155/2014/489364
Dynamic Sliding Mode Control Design Based on an Integral Manifold for Nonlinear Uncertain Systems
An output feedback sliding mode control law design relying on an integral manifold is proposed in this work. The considered class of nonlinear systems is assumed to be affected by both matched and unmatched uncertainties. The use of the integral sliding manifold allows one to subdivide the control design procedure into two steps. First a linear control component is designed by pole placement and then a discontinuous control component is added so as to cope with the uncertainty presence. In conventional sliding mode the control variable suffers from high frequency oscillations due to the discontinuous control component. However, in the present proposal, the designed control law is applied to the actual system after passing through a chain of integrators. As a consequence, the control input actually fed into the system is continuous, which is a positive feature in terms of chattering attenuation. By applying the proposed controller, the system output is regulated to zero even in the presence of the uncertainties. In the paper, the proposed control law is theoretically analyzed and its performances are demonstrated in simulation.
Output feedback sliding mode control techniques proved themselves to be the good candidate for systems where only output is measurable and its derivatives can be estimated accurately. Linear systems or systems which could be easily lineralized are addressed in Edwards and Spurgeon . Nonlinear systems with measurable outputs are for instance dealt with via Dynamic Sliding Mode Control (DSMC) ([2–4], where the original system is replaced with a differential input-output form often called Fliess Controllable Canonical form or Local generalized controllable canonical (LGCC) form, by using some nonlinear transformation. Asymptotic stabilization of LGCC forms by means of DSMC provided satisfactory results. Traditionally, this control methodology based on the sliding mode control (SMC) theory  refers to the case of uncertain systems with matched uncertainties (see,  for a definition of this class of uncertainties). However, there are many systems affected by uncertainties which do not satisfy the matching condition. To solve this problem, various methods have been proposed in the literature (see, e.g., [6–11]). These papers of Scararat, Swaroop, and Ferrara relied on a backstepping based SMC design to relax the matching conditions.
Nonlinear systems often do not remain robust against uncertainties even of matched nature in the so-called reaching phase. Therefore, an approach capable of eliminating this phase in the controlled system evolution was proposed in . This approach is based on the design of an integral sliding manifold and is called integral sliding mode control (ISMC). Levant and Alelishvili  synthesized higher order sliding mode technique (see, e.g., [14–19]) with integral sliding mode technique to improve the robustness and to alleviate chattering. Choi  proposed a linear matrix inequality (LMI) based sliding surface design method for integral sliding mode control of systems with unmatched norm bounded uncertainties. Further, Park et al.  extended Choi’s method and proposed a dynamical output feedback variable structure control law with high gain to deal with the same problem. Xiang et al.  applied an iterative LMI method to avoid the high gain related problems. In this context, da Silva et al.  developed an algorithm in which the existence and the reachability problems have been formulated using a polytopic description in order to tackle unmatched uncertainties with reduced chattering. Cao and Xu  proposed a nonlinear integral-type sliding surface for the system in the presence of both matched and unmatched uncertainties. The stability of the controlled system with unmatched uncertainties depends on the controlled nominal system and on the nature and size of the equivalent unmatched uncertainties. In the aforementioned approaches, robustness is ensured but with a compromise on chattering alleviation. Castaños and Fridman  analyzed the robust features of the integral sliding mode and used theory to overtake the undesirable effects of the uncertainties. Rubagotti et al.  extends the work presented in  providing a control law which minimizes the effect of the uncertainties. Chang  proposed a dynamic output feedback controller design according to an integral sliding mode approach for linear systems. Note that in the aforementioned papers it is assumed that all the states of the system are available since they are explicitly used to construct the control law.
The main contribution in this work is that the uncertain nonlinear system operating under a class of states dependent matched and unmatched uncertainties is transformed to a generalized controllable canonical form which is analogous to that of Lu and Spurgeon  in some terms. In addition, an integral manifold based control law is developed which establishes sliding mode from the very beginning of the process. The control acting on the original system is obtained as the output of a chain of integrators and is, accordingly, continuous, thus attaining the aim of chattering attenuation. This can be a clear benefit in many applications such as those of mechanical nature, where a discontinuous control action could be nonappropriate. Furthermore, the controller robustness is analyzed in the presence of both matched and unmatched uncertainties. The claim is verified by considering a very simple academic example. Note that the output feedback control of nonlinear systems, which can be put in LGCC form, was previously faced, in a preliminary version, in Khan et al. .
The rest of the paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, the problem formulation is presented and in Section 3 the design of the proposed control law is outlined. In Section 4, the stability analysis in the presence of matched and unmatched uncertainties is carried out. A numerical example is discussed in Section 5 which is relevant to a system with relative degree two and is considered to be affected by matched and unmatched uncertainties. Some concluding remarks are reported in Section 6.
2. Problem Formulation
Consider a nonlinear SISO dynamic system represented by the state equation analogous to that considered in  where is the state vector, is scalar control input, and are smooth vector fields, and are matched uncertainties, is the unmatched uncertainty vector, and is a sufficiently smooth output function. The following assumption is introduced.
Assumption 1. , , and are continuous and bounded with continuous bounded time derivatives for all ; that is, , where is some positive constant, and .
The problem we want to solve (Problem 1) is that of steering the output to zero asymptotically; that is, an output regulation problem is considered in the presence of matched and unmatched uncertainties.
In order to design the proposed controller, system (1) is suitably transformed. To this end, we denote with Recursively, it can be written as The relative degree “” of the system with respect to the output is the th derivative of the output function in which the input appears explicitly . One has where represents the matched and unmatched uncertainties collection subject to the following conditions:(1) for all in the neighborhood of for.(2).(3), , , , and so on.
Two possible cases arises for (4). If . then this becomes a trivial case which shows that the system is already in canonical form. This case is neglected in the paper. If , then there exist some positive integer which satisfy .
Then taking the successive derivatives of (4), one obtains the th derivative of output function as where is the lumped uncertainty which represents the collection of matched and unmatched uncertainties with their time derivatives.
System (5) can be written as where , , is the matched uncertainty term and is the unmatched uncertainty term.
Note 1. To transform the system (6) into a suitable form, it is first assumed that there are no uncertainties in the system. Therefore, by defining the transformation , for the nominal system, the uncertainties can be represented in the transformed variables like for and . Finally, system (6) can be written as follows: The representation in (8) is analogous to the so-called Local generalized controllable canonical (LGCC) form , in the sense that it differs from the basic LGCC form since it is also affected by uncertainties. With reference to system (8), the following assumption (which is an alternative form of Assumption 1) is introduced.
Assumption 2. Assume that , , , , and ; , where , and are positive constants. Furthermore, consider that and .
Now, note that the nominal system corresponding to system (8) is given by
Definition 3. The differential input output (I-O) form (or LGCC form) is termed as proper if (1)it is single input single output;(2);(3)the following regularity condition is satisfied:
Definition 4. The zero dynamics of the system in (9) are defined as  The system in (9) is called minimum phase if the zero dynamics defined in (11) are uniformly asymptotically stable. Note that the zero dynamics in the I-O form are the dynamics of the control and is the generalization of the definition in Fliess . They are different from the zero dynamics mentioned in Isidori  which are the dynamics of the uncontrollable states.
Now the original control problem (Problem 1) can be reformulated with reference to system (8) under Assumption 2 and to the nominal system in (9) subject to Assumption 5. The new problem (Problem 2) is that of steering the state vector of system (8) to zero asymptotically inspite of the presence of matched and unmatched uncertainties; that is, a state regulation problem is now considered. Clearly the solution to Problem 2 implies the solution to Problem 1, since .
3. The Proposed Control Law Design
In analogy with Khan et al. , where only the presence of matched uncertainties was considered, we propose a control law of dynamic nature which can be expressed as The first part is continuous and stabilizes the system at the equilibrium point, while the second part is discontinuous in nature and can be classified as an integral SMC. Its role is to reject uncertainties. In the next subsections, the design of and will be discussed. Starting from the nominal case and then moving to the case in which the presence of matched and unmatched uncertainties are also considered.
3.1. The Nominal Case
3.1.1. Design of
The nominal system in (9) in alternative form can be written as where In the design of , system (13) is first considered to be independent of nonlinearities; that is, , and it is also supposed to operate under only. Then, system (13) becomes This is a linear system, so it can be written as where For the sake of simplicity, the input is designed via pole placement; that is,
3.1.2. Design of
Now in order to achieve the desired performance, robust compensation of the uncertainties is needed. To this end we select the following sliding manifold of integral type : where is a conventional sliding surface which is mathematically defined by , with , and is the integral term. The time derivative of (19) along (9) yields Now, choose with the following expression: Then, (20) becomes This initial condition is adjusted in such a way to meet the requirement .
Taking into account the reachability condition defined as follows : and comparing (22) with (23), the expression of the discontinuous control component becomes This control law enforces sliding mode along the sliding manifold defined in (19). The constant can be selected according to the subsequent stability analysis.
Thus, the final control law becomes Note that this control law can be implemented by integrating the derivative of the control, , “” times so that the control input actually applied to the system is continuous. This can be a benefit for various class of systems such as those of mechanical type, for which a discontinuous control action could be disruptive.
Remark 6. The coefficients of the conventional sliding surface are chosen by tacking into the dynamic response of the system. However, in real applications these constants can also be optimized using LMIs methods.
Remark 7. The proposed methodology needs the availability of the system output and of its derivatives for the controller implementation. In case the output derivatives are not available for measurements, one can use for instance a finite time sliding mode differentiator like the one proposed in  to reconstruct them.
4. Stability Analysis
In this section, the proposed control law when applied to the uncertain nonlinear system in question is theoretically analyzed. First the case in which only matched uncertainties are present will be discussed, and then the more general case of matched and unmatched uncertainties will be considered.
4.1. The System Operating under Matched Uncertainties
Now we assume that the system operates only under matched uncertainties. Thus, system (8) with matched uncertainties becomes To show that this system is stabilized in finite time in the presence of matched uncertainties, the following theorem can be stated.
Theorem 8. Consider that Assumptions 2 and 5 are satisfied. The sliding surface is chosen as , where is defined in (19), and the control law is selected according to (25). If the gain is chosen according to the following condition: where is a positive constant, then the finite time enforcement of a sliding mode on is guaranteed in the presence of matched uncertainties.
Proof. To prove that the sliding mode can be enforced in finite time, differentiating (19) along the dynamics of (26) and then substituting (25), one has Substituting (21) into (28) and then rearranging, one obtains Now, by considering as a Lyapunov candidate function , the time derivative of this function becomes So, by using (29) in (30), one has In view of Assumption 2, the above expression can be written as provided that as in (27). Note that (32) can also be written as This implies that converges to zero in a finite time  such that which completes the proof.
Proof. The nonlinear system (26) can be written in the following alternate form:
The time derivative of (19) along (36) yields Substituting (21) into (37), posing , and solving with respect to the control variable , one obtains the so-called equivalent control  as Now, using (38) into (36), one has where is the state of system (26) while in sliding mode. Thus, it is proved that the system in sliding mode operates under the continuous control law and the eigenvalues of the controlled transformed system in sliding mode are those of .
4.2. The System Operating under Both Matched and Unmatched Uncertainties
In this subsection, it is now assumed that the considered system operates under both matched and unmatched uncertainties and the control objective is to regulate the output of the system in the presence of these uncertainties. To prove that the proposed control law is capable of compensating for these uncertain terms, the following theorem can be stated.
Theorem 10. Consider that Assumptions 2 and 5 are satisfied. The sliding surface is chosen as , where is defined in (19), and the control law is selected according to (25). If the gain is chosen according to the following condition: where is some positive constant, then the finite time enforcement of a sliding mode on is guaranteed in the presence of both matched and unmatched uncertainties.
Proof. Considering the time derivative of (19) along (8), and then substituting (25), one has Using (21) in (41), it yields Now, by considering as a Lyapunov candidate function , the time derivative of this function becomes Using (42) in (43), one has In view of Assumption 2, the above expression can be written as provided that The expression in (45) can be placed in the same format like that of (34). Note that the finite time in this case is given by the formula in (35) with instead of . Thus it is confirmed that, when the gain of the control law (25) is selected according to (40), the finite time enforcement of the sliding mode is guaranteed in the presence of matched and unmatched uncertainties, which proves the theorem.
Proof. The proof can be performed by following the same procedure as in the proof of Corollary 9, with the only difference that in this case the equivalent control is equal to
5. Illustrative Example (System with Relative Degree 2)
Consider the following uncertain nonlinear system : where , , and are the states of the nonlinear system. The terms , are matched uncertainties and are components of the mismatched uncertainty which satisfy Assumptions 1 and 2 and these terms contribute to the system uncertainty with the following mathematical expressions: The output of interest is the state variable . The relative degree of which is 2. Consequently, the system in (48) can be expressed in LGCC form as follows: where , , Thus, one has The regularity condition mentioned in Definition 3 holds and the zero dynamics of this system express according to Definition 4 becomes This confirms that the nominal system is minimum phase. The corresponding linear system becomes where and the control law is obtained by pole assignment. The sliding variable now adopted is with and the final expression of the control law takes the form In this study we compare the results of the proposed control law with that of quasicontinuous high order sliding mode controller proposed by Levant in . To apply such an approach, we denote So that the expression of the quasicontinuous sliding mode controller in case of relative degree (2-QCSMC) takes the following form: where is the controller gain which can be selected according to Bartolini et al. . As proved in Levant , the control law (61) provides a finite time sliding mode of the system with a control law which is continuous everywhere except on the second order sliding manifold .
Case 1 (system operated with matched uncertainty). In this study, the system with matched uncertainties (i.e., with for ) is simulated to confirm the aforementioned claim of the compensation of uncertain terms. This test with matched uncertainty is also performed with 2-QCSMC previously mentioned. The results are reported in Figures 1 and 2. In these Figures, it can be seen that the output system with state vector is regulated in the presence of uncertainties. It is noticeable that the proposed methodology provides a satisfactory regulation of the system output via a continuous control law. The 2-QCSMC also provides excellent performance yet with a control law which becomes discontinuous when the output regulation objective is attained. Apart from that, both the controllers need to use a differentiator [16, 18] to construct the derivatives of the output variable necessary in the control laws.
Case 2 (system operated under matched and unmatched uncertainties). In this section, the test with both matched and unmatched uncertainty is performed. The results with the proposed control law are depicted in Figure 3. These simulation results confirm the robust and chattering free nature of the proposed controller as well as its capability of efficiently solving the regulation problem even in this particularly critical case. In view of the nature of the uncertainty now considered, we cannot compare our results with those of the 2-QCSMC algorithm, since that algorithm was designed under the assumption of having only matched uncertainty .
Note that the controller gains and the controllers parameters in both the experiments are listed in Table 1.
In this work, an output feedback dynamic sliding mode controller is presented which is capable of dealing with a class of SISO nonlinear systems operating under both matched and unmatched state dependent uncertainties. The uncertain system output trajectories are asymptotically regulated to zero inspite of the presence of the uncertainties, while a sliding mode is enforced in finite time along an integral manifold. The use of the integral sliding manifold allows one to subdivide the control design procedure into two steps. First a linear control component is designed by pole placement and then a discontinuous control component is added so as to cope with the uncertainty presence. The design procedure is relying on a suitably transformed system which generally appears in a canonical form and the control input appears with time derivatives. As a consequence, the control acting on the original system is obtained as the output of a chain of integrators and is, accordingly, continuous. This can be a clear benefit in many applications, such as those of mechanical nature, where a discontinuous control action could be nonappropriate or even disruptive for the actuators and system’s health.
Conflict of Interests
The authors declare that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.
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