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Wei-Wei Che, Zhi-Yong Mei, Yu-Long Wang, "Fault Detection for Quantized Networked Control Systems", *Mathematical Problems in Engineering*, vol. 2013, Article ID 157063, 8 pages, 2013. https://doi.org/10.1155/2013/157063

# Fault Detection for Quantized Networked Control Systems

**Academic Editor:**Tao Li

#### Abstract

The fault detection problem in the finite frequency domain for networked control systems with signal quantization is considered. With the logarithmic quantizer consideration, a quantized fault detection observer is designed by employing a performance index which is used to increase the fault sensitivity in finite frequency domain. The quantized measurement signals are dealt with by utilizing the sector bound method, in which the quantization error is treated as sector-bounded uncertainty. By using the Kalman-Yakubovich-Popov (GKYP) Lemma, an iterative LMI-based optimization algorithm is developed for designing the quantized fault detection observer. And a numerical example is given to illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed method.

#### 1. Introduction

Recently, due to many advantages of networked control systems, such as lower cost, easier installation and maintenance, and higher reliability, NCSs have been found successfully industrial applications in automobiles, manufacturing plants, aircraft, HVAC, systems and unmanned vehicles. However, the insertion of the communication channels results in discrepancies between the data information to be transmitted and their associated remotely transmitted images, hence raising new interesting and challenging problems such as quantization, packet losses, and time delays. As is well known to all, quantization always exists in bandwidth limited networked systems and the performance of NCSs will be inevitably subject to the effect of quantization error. Hence, the quantization problem of NCSs has long been studied and many important results have been reported in [1–10] and the references therein. Two most pertinent references to this paper are the work [2] and the following work [3]. In [2], the problem of quadratic stabilization of discrete-time single-input single-output (SISO) linear time-invariant systems using quantized feedback is studied. In [3], the work of [2] is generalized to general multi-input multi-output (MIMO) systems and to control problems requiring performances. This is done using the so-called sector bound method, which is based on using a simple sector bound to model the quantization error. This method has been employed by quite a few researchers and many results have been given correspondingly [4–7] and so on.

On the other hand, fault detection (FD) is a very significant problem and has attracted a lot of attention in the past two decades. A fault is defined as an unpermitted deviation of at least one characteristic property of a variable from an acceptable behaviour. Such a fault disturbs the normal operation of an automatic system, thus causing an unacceptable deterioration of the performance of the system [11, 12]. To detect the fault, an observer is usually designed which generates the residual signal, and, by satisfying certain performances, the observer parameters are then determined. Up to now, the studies on the FD are mainly categorized into two classes depending on the fault frequency domain. There are many results that study the FD problem in the full frequency domain, such as [13, 14]. Recently, there are many studies considering the fault in finite frequency domain which much more accords with practice. Because in practice, faults are usually in the finite frequency domain; for example, for an incipient fault signal, the fault information is contained within a low frequency band as the fault development is slow as stated in [15]. Another important finite frequency fault is the actuator stuck fault whose frequency is zero. The stuck fault occurs when an aircraft control surface (such as the rudder or an aileron) is stuck at some fixed value as stated in [16]. And the stuck fault is also considered for the F-16 aircraft in [17]. So, the finite frequency domain method to FD has been paid more attention to many new results occur successively [18–20]. In networked control systems, FD problem also exists and is unavoidably. So far, there have been some studies on the FD problem of the networked control systems [21, 22]. But to the best of the authors’ knowledge, there has been no work considering the quantized FD problem in finite frequency domain for networked control systems.

Motivated by the above-mentioned reason, in this paper, the quantized FD observer design problem for networked control systems with logarithmic quantizers is studied. The quantization errors are modeled as sector-bounded uncertainties. By employing the GKYP method, a quantized FD observer design method is proposed with an iterative LMI-based optimization algorithm. Finally, a numerical example is given to show the effectiveness of the proposed method.

The organization of this paper is as follows. Section 2 presents the problem under consideration and some preliminaries. Section 3 gives design methods of quantized FD observer design strategies. In Section 4, an example is presented to illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed methods. Finally, Section 5 gives some concluding remarks.

*Notation*. For a matrix , , , and denote its transpose, orthogonal complement, and complex conjugate transpose, respectively. And denotes its Moore-Penrose inverse. I denotes the identity matrix with an appropriate dimension. For a symmetric matrix, and denote positive (semi-) definiteness and negative (semi-) definiteness. The Hermitian part of a square matrix is denoted by . The symbol stands for the set of Hermitian matrices. The symbol “” within a matrix represents the symmetric entries. and denote maximum and minimum singular value of the transfer matrix , respectively.

#### 2. Problem Statement and Preliminaries

##### 2.1. Problem Statement

Consider an LTI discrete-time system as where is the state, is the control input, and is the fault input vector, respectively. , , , , and are known constant matrices of appropriate dimensions. Without loss of generality, assume that is observable and is of full column rank.

To formulate the quantized FD problem, consider the quantized FD observer with the following form.

Consider a dynamic observer-based control strategy for (1) with observer given by where is the observer output, is the state estimation of system (1), and is the residual signal. is the observer gain to be designed. Due to the insertion of the communication channel, the measurement signals will be quantized before they are transmitted to the filter through the network. The quantizer is denoted as , which is assumed to be symmetric; that is, , . In this paper, the quantizer is selected as a logarithmic one, and, for each , the quantization levels are given by As in [3, 4], the associated quantizer is defined as follows: Then, based on the quantizer (4), the measurement signal at the filter end is with the form as where Combining FD observer (2) with system (1) and the quantized measurement (6), the following quantized error dynamic system is obtained: where .

Facilitating the presentation, (8) can be rewritten as where and Note that the dynamics of the residual signal depends on the fault , to detect the fault effects; quantized observer (2) is designed in this work such that the following conditions are satisfied: where

*Remark 1. *Condition (ii) is a finite frequency performance index used to increase the fault sensitivity. Note that , are given scalars which reflects the frequency range of faults.

The problem addressed in this paper is as follows.

*Quantized FD Control Problem*. Considering the effects of the quantization, design a quantized FD observer such that the error system (8) is with high fault sensitivity in finite frequency domain.

##### 2.2. Preliminaries

The following lemma presented will be used in this paper.

Lemma 2 (see [23]). *Consider a transfer function matrix ; let a symmetric matrix and scalars , be given; the following statements are equivalent.**(i) The finite frequency inequality
** (ii) There exist matrices of appropriate dimensions, satisfying , and
**
where
*

Lemma 3 (Finsler’s Lemma). *Let , , and . Let be any matrix such that . The following statements are equivalent:*(i)*, for all ,*(ii)*,*(iii)*,*(iv)*.*

Lemma 4 (Projection Lemma). *Let , , and be given. There exists a matrix satisfying if and only if the following two conditions hold:
*

Lemma 5 (see [24]). *For any real matrices , , , and with compatible dimensions and , where is a scalar, then
**
holds if and only if there exists a scalar , such that
*

#### 3. Quantized FD Observer Design

In this section, an inequality for the stability condition (i) is given first. Then, considering the fault sensitivity problem, an inequality is given for the fault sensitivity condition (ii).

Firstly, considering the stability condition (i), we have the following lemma.

Lemma 6. *Consider system (9) if there exists a matrix such that the following inequality holds:
**
where .*

*Proof. *It is easy to know that (i) holds if there exists , such that

By using the Schur complement lemma, we have that
Equation (21) can be converted into

Obviously, (22) can be rewritten as
By using Lemma 5, (19) holds, which shows that condition (i) holds if (19) holds. This completes the proof

In the following, the fault sensitivity problem is studied. Considering system (9), the following lemma is presented to give the fault sensitivity condition.

Lemma 7. *Let real matrix , , , , a symmetric matrix , and scalars , be given; consider system (9), then the following conditions are equivalent.**(i) The following finite frequency inequality
**
holds, where is the transfer function matrix from to .**(ii) There exist Hermitian matrices and satisfying , and
**
where
*

Note that condition (25) in Lemma 7 can be rewritten as where

and is the permutation matrix defined as

By using Lemma 3, we have that (27) is equivalent to the existence of a multiplier such that

Obviously, can be rewritten as

To facilitate dealing with the problem, restrict with the following structure: where is a matrix to be specified later, , are matrix variables.

Then, we have

Then the following lemma is given to show that the restriction of does not introduce conservatism if the matrix is specified appropriately.

Lemma 8. *Consider system (9), let and be with appropriate dimensions, and let ; then the following statements are equivalent.**(i) There exists a gain matrix such that condition (25) and
**
hold, where
**(ii) There exists matrix variable such that
*

*Proof. *The proof is similar to the proof of Lemma 5 in [20], it is omitted here.

Then, combining Lemmas 7 and 8, the following theorem is presented.

Denote where with

Theorem 9. *Consider system (9); let and be given constants and
**
and . Provided that , then
**
holds if there exist matrix variables , , , and scalars , , and such that
*

* Proof. *By Lemmas 7 and 8, we have that (42) holds if inequality (36) holds. Similar to the proof of Theorem 1 in [20], since , we know that
Then from (32) we have
Partition as ; then we get
So, (36) can be written as
Let , , and partition and as ; then we have
where satisfyies (7). By using Lemma 5, we can obtain that (43) holds. So, it concludes that (42) holds if (43) holds, which completes the proof.

Combining Lemma 6 and Theorem 9, we have the following theorem.

Theorem 10. *Consider system (1), and let and be given constants; there exists a quantized fault detection observer (2) such that error closed-loop system (9) is stable and with the finite frequency performance
**
if there exist matrix variables , , , , , , and and scalars , , , and such that the following inequalities hold:
**
where and is defined by (38), and the observer gain is obtained as .*

*Remark 11. *Note that, due to the existence of the unknown controller gain, the conditions given in Theorem 10 are not convex. In order to solve this problem, we design a controller gain by state feedback method as follows:
for , and the controller gain is given as . Then use the state feedback controller gain as the initial value to obtain the observer gain . So the following algorithm is given.

*Algorithm 12. *Let be given scalars and a given small constant specifying a convergence criterion.

*Step 1. *By (51), we obtain the initial solutions ; go to Step 2.

*Step 2. *Letting ,
we obtain , , , , and ; then go to Step 3.

*Step 3. *Let , , ,
and are obtained. Then if , stop, and , else, let and ; return to Step 2.

*Remark 13. *, in (50) can be obtained by searching method to guarantee that the performance is maximum.

#### 4. Example

In this section, an example is given to illustrate the effectiveness of the developed theory. Consider a linear system of form (1) with For this example, set the quantization densities as . Assume that the frequency range of faults is known as . Let , ; by Algorithm 12, we obtain the fault sensitivity performance index , and, correspondingly, the quantized fault detection observer gain matrix is obtained as

In order to study the effects of fault on residual of the quantized detection observer, the fault signal is selected as

Using the observer gain matrix given in (48), the two residual outputs are denoted by the solid lines of Figures 1 and 2, respectively, from which we can see that the faulty cases are well discriminated from the fault free cases in presence of the disturbance effects.

#### 5. Conclusion

This paper considers the fault detection problem in the finite frequency domain for networked control systems with signal quantization. A quantized fault detection observer is designed by employing a performance index which is used to increase the fault sensitivity in finite frequency domain. By using the logarithmic quantizer method, the quantized measurement signals are dealt with by utilizing the sector bound method, in which the quantization error is treated as sector-bounded uncertainty. Further, By using the GKYP Lemma, an iterative LMI-based optimization algorithm is developed to design the quantized fault detection observer. Finally, a numerical example is given to illustrate the the effectiveness of the proposed method.

#### Conflict of Interests

One of the authors declares that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this paper.

#### Acknowledgments

This work is partially supported by the Funds of National Science of China (Grant nos. 61104106 and 61104029), the Natural Science Foundation of Liaoning Province (Grant nos. 201202156 and 2013020144), and by Program for Liaoning Excellent Talents in University (LNET) (LJQ2012100).

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