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Xingling Shao, Honglun Wang, "A Novel Method of Robust Trajectory Linearization Control Based on Disturbance Rejection", *Mathematical Problems in Engineering*, vol. 2014, Article ID 129247, 10 pages, 2014. https://doi.org/10.1155/2014/129247

# A Novel Method of Robust Trajectory Linearization Control Based on Disturbance Rejection

**Academic Editor:**ShengJun Wen

#### Abstract

A novel method of robust trajectory linearization control for a class of nonlinear systems with uncertainties based on disturbance rejection is proposed. Firstly, on the basis of trajectory linearization control (TLC) method, a feedback linearization based control law is designed to transform the original tracking error dynamics to the canonical integral-chain form. To address the issue of reducing the influence made by uncertainties, with tracking error as input, linear extended state observer (LESO) is constructed to estimate the tracking error vector, as well as the uncertainties in an integrated manner. Meanwhile, the boundedness of the estimated error is investigated by theoretical analysis. In addition, decoupled controller (which has the characteristic of well-tuning and simple form) based on LESO is synthesized to realize the output tracking for closed-loop system. The closed-loop stability of the system under the proposed LESO-based control structure is established. Also, simulation results are presented to illustrate the effectiveness of the control strategy.

#### 1. Introduction

Trajectory linearization control (TLC) is a novel nonlinear tracking and decoupling control method, which combines an open-loop nonlinear dynamic inversion and a linear time-varying (LTV) feedback stabilization, which guarantees that TLC’s output achieves exponential stability along the nominal trajectory. Therefore, owing to the specific structure, it provides a certain extent of robust stability and can be capable of rejecting disturbance in nature, for which TLC has been successfully applied to missile and reusable launch vehicle flight control systems [1, 2] and tripropeller UAV [3], helicopter [4], and fixed-wing vehicle [5].

However, in [6], theoretical analysis based on singular perturbation is proposed, which demonstrates that TLC can achieve local exponential stability because only linear term for original nonlinear system is ultimately reserved. In other words, when external and internal uncertainties are large enough to surpass the stability domain provided by TLC, the performance of the system will degrade significantly. Thus, with the consideration of limitations of TLC in presence of uncertainties, how to enhance or improve the robustness and performance of TLC is becoming one of the active topics in control community recently [4, 7–14]. So far, the existing approach adopted by researchers can be classified as follows. By employing the excellent ability of neutral network [4, 8–11] or fuzzy logic [12, 13, 15, 16] in approximating the nonlinear functions, the unknown disturbances and uncertainties can be estimated and cancelled in enhanced control law, and thus the nominal performance of system can be recovered. Therefore, main research works are focused on the following aspects: (i) the construction of neutral network structure and fuzzy logic rules and (ii) the stability discussion of the compound system based on the estimated uncertainties. For instance, in [9], an adaptive neural network technique for nonlinear systems based on TLC is firstly proposed. The robustness and the stability of the proposed control scheme are also analyzed. A similar type of adaptive neural network TLC algorithm is also proposed through single hidden layer neutral networks (SHLNN) and radical basis function (RBF) neural network in [9–11]. In [12, 15, 16], Takagi-Sugeno (T-S) fuzzy system is applied to approximate the unknown functions in the system. Based on [12, 13] proposed a robust adaptive TLC(RATLC) algorithm, wherein only one parameter needs to be adapted on line, but there are too many design parameters to be chosen. Unlike the methods mentioned above, in [14], by using PD-eigenvalue assignment method, trajectory linearization observer is designed to cancel the uncertainties, but the design process seems cumbersome and the results are not satisfactory. Among the literatures mentioned above, one limitation which must be taken into account is that due to the complexity of the theory, it is overwhelmingly difficult to provide a guideline to tune the corresponding parameters, especially those which will influence the system performance greatly. In addition, the construction of fuzzy rules in T-S system usually needs certain extent of expertise knowledge. The drawbacks mentioned above will unavoidably increase the complexity of design procedure in engineering practice.

It is not difficult to recognize that the focal point of [7–14] is how to extract and estimate external disturbance and unknown dynamics by the known knowledge. In fact, there are many observers characterized in terms of state space formulation, as shown in [17], including the unknown input observer (UIO), the disturbance observer (DOB), and the extended state observer (ESO) which includes nonlinear ESO (NESO) and linear ESO (LESO) (when the structure of observer is chosen in nonlinear form, it refers to the term NESO, otherwise the term LESO). UIO is one of the earliest disturbances estimators, where the external disturbance is formulated as an augmented state and estimated using a state observer. Similar to UIO, ESO is also a state space approach. What sets ESO apart from UIO and DOB is that it is conceived to estimate not only the external disturbance but also plant dynamics. Furthermore, ESO requires the least amount of plant information. To be specific, only the relative order of system should be known. It is worth pointing out that, compared with NESO, LESO is greatly simplified with a single tuning parameter, that is, the bandwidth of LESO. Due to the excellent capability of LESO in estimating the unknown uncertainties, there have been many successful applications including biomechanics [18] and multivariable jet engines [19].

Above all, the essence of this problem is really disturbance rejection, with the notion of disturbance generalized to symbolize the uncertainties, both internal and external to the plant [20]. Central to this novel design framework proposed is the ability of LESO to estimate both the internal dynamics and external disturbances of the plant in real time. The major contributions of this paper are as follows.(i)This is the first paper that employs LESO to improve the robustness and capability in disturbance rejection for TLC. Compared with methods proposed in [9–14], the novel controller can achieve fast and accurate response via effective compensation for unmodeled error and disturbances.(ii)Unlike the conclusions on stability made by [9–14], the stability analysis in this paper not only gives the statement about the convergence of tracking error but also provides a viable guideline to select the parameters of controller; hence the complicate selection of PD-eigenvalues via PD-spectrum theorem which is widely used in [9–14] as a typical method can be avoided.(iii)Compared with [9–14], only two parameters of the proposed method need to be tuned, which makes it extremely simple and practical to implement in real practice.

The paper is organized as follows. The review of TLC and controller design procedure based on LESO are presented in Sections 2 and 3, respectively. In Section 4, the analysis of closed-loop system error dynamics is given. Simulation results and discussion are shown in Section 5. The paper ends with a few concluding remarks in Section 6.

#### 2. Review of TLC

Consider a multi-input multi-output (MIMO) nonlinear system: where , , and represent the state, the control input, and the output of the system, respectively. , , , and are smooth and bounded nonlinear function with appropriate dimensions. And represents the unknown modeling error and external disturbance. Besides, and satisfy the matching conditions; namely, there exists a nonlinear matrix such that

Firstly, without consideration of disturbance described by , according to the design process of TLC method, the nominal control , the nominal state , and the nominal output will satisfy the following system:

Let and ; the tracking error dynamics can be described as

Since , in (4) can be viewed as the time-varying parameters of the system, (4) can be simply written as

Consider the LTV system derived by Taylor expansion at the equilibrium point (, ) for (5); we have where and .

Assume that systems (5) and (6) satisfy the assumptions stated as follows.

*Assumption 1. *Let be an isolated equilibrium point for (5) when , where is continuously differentiable, , and the Jacobian matrix is bounded and Lipschitz on , uniformly in .

*Assumption 2. *The system matrices pair in (6) is uniformly completely controllable.

According to Assumption 2, we can design an LTV feedback control law for the LTV system (6) when , the solution of system (6) can converge to zero exponentially. For simplicity, let , where is Hurwitz. The parameters in can be chosen by using PD-spectrum theorem. The detailed design process of the nominal controller and the LTV feedback controller can be found in [1–3].

#### 3. Controller Design Based on LESO

With the consideration of control quality for closed-loop system, the augmented tracking error in forms of PI can be written in the following state space form:

*Assumption 3. *The state vector in (7) is measurable.

Let , and define as the output of new LTV system composed of (7) and (8); then the tracking error dynamics can be rewritten as

It is obvious that, with the relative order and system order of (9) being , the problem on the zero-dynamics subsystem does not exist.

Meanwhile, define where represents the th row and the th column element of matrix and represents the th row and the th column element of matrix . In this case, the th tracking error subsystem can be formulated as where represents the th row element of , by introducing virtual control variable , which takes the form of

For subsystem (11), if the uncertainties in (12) are known, then the controller can be designed by feedback linearization method as

However, the control law cannot be synthesized unless d is estimated by observers. To deal with the estimation issue in (13), LESO provides a novel frame to achieve the function of uncertainties.

For simplicity, let , which represent the lumped disturbance; assume that is differentiable and denote ; then (11) can be written in an augmented state space form:

So far, by adopting direct feedback linearization, the original tracking error dynamics which take the form of linear time-varying have been transformed to canonical integral-chain form. Consequently, for (14), since is now a state in the extended state model, LESO can be designed to estimate , , and . With and as inputs, a particular LESO of (14) is given as where , , are the observer gain parameters to be chosen such that the characteristic polynomial is Hurwitz. According to [21], let , where denotes the observer bandwidth, which becomes the only tuning parameter of the observer.

*Remark 4. *Although can be assumed theoretically, in engineering practice, which contains information of unknown disturbances cannot be obtained in advance. So, in practice, we might as well set in (15).

Furthermore, define and its estimated states ; hence (14) and (15) can be rewritten in the following matrix form: where , , , and . Hence, estimated error of the observer can be directly calculated as

For simplicity, let and . Here, is Hurwitz for , , and ; then (17) can be reduced to

Theorem 5. *Assuming is bounded, there exists a positive constant such that ; then estimated errors of the observer described by (18) are bounded. Furthermore, estimated errors of the observer satisfy for , where .*

*Proof. *If there exist three different negative real eigenvalues for , it follows that , ; thus there exists nonsingular matrix , and one has

Note that

When , let us choose norm for the matrix norm. It is obvious that , where . The response of (18) can be written as

Hence, we have

From Theorem 5, it can be concluded that the upper bound of the estimated error monotonously decreases with absolute value of dominant pole of LESO, that is, the bandwidth. This viewpoint is similar with the conclusion derived in [21, 22].

With respect to th subsystem of LTV system, control law can be formulated as where the term is responsible for rendering (14) with satisfactory control quality. We have the following.

Theorem 6. *Suppose that the estimated errors of LESO satisfy , with the control structure as (23); virtual control variable can be designed as , where , are gain parameters to be chosen to make be Hurwitz. Thus, the LTV system composed by virtual control variable satisfies the following.*(1)*The controller of the LTV system stated above satisfies
and furthermore, the LTV subsystems are decoupled with each other.*(2)*.*

*Proof. *With virtual control variable designed as , substituting (23) into (14), the th subsystem can be written as

Note that ; it can be directly concluded that

Substituting (26) into (25), one has

It is obvious that the relationship between the output and virtual control variable of the th subsystem is single-input and single-output. That is to say, the LTV subsystems are decoupled with each other.

Here, without loss of generality, the gain parameters , satisfy the following condition: , . For the given , , the overall controller of LTV system can be calculated as
where denotes the generalized inverse of .

Next, we mainly prove the conclusion (2).

Let the tracking error of th subsystem be ; then the tracking error dynamics of th subsystem can be written as
where , .

Since , then for any there is a finite time such that for all . Then, the response of (29) can be written as

When , we have

Suppose that there exist two different real eigenvalues for ; it follows that , ; thus there exists nonsingular matrix , and one has

Similar to Theorem 5, , where .

Hence, we have

It can be seen that

Therefore, there exists such that

Let ; then we have .

Since can be arbitrarily small, it can be concluded that .

Since the LTV subsystems are decoupled with each other, the tracking errors of closed-loop system satisfy the following:

#### 4. Stability Analysis of Closed-Loop System

It is worth pointing out that conclusion (2) of Theorem 6 holds only if . Actually, according to Theorem 5, that is, , the tracking error of th subsystem and the estimated error of LESO can be written in the following cascade structure:

Theorem 7. *For the tracking error dynamics described by (37), there exist gain parameters , , and positive constant such that ; then
**
where , , , and are constants related to the system dynamics and controller parameters and , , are dominant poles of LESO and controller, respectively.*

*Proof . *From Theorem 6, the LTV subsystems are decoupled with each other. For simplicity, here, it is necessary to prove the ultimate tracking error bound of th subsystem. Conclusions obtained can be readily applied to the overall subsystems.

The solution of (37) can be written as

Similar to Theorem 6, we have , where . From Theorem 5, it follows that

Substituting the above inequality into (39), we can get

It is usually desirable in observer design that ; that is, the observer dynamics are designed to be faster than the controller tracking error dynamics in order to recover the system performance by the singular perturbation theory. Thus, inequality (41) can be further expressed as
Let and the above inequality can be rearranged as
It can be seen that .

From Theorem 7, the following conclusion can also be obtained: suppose that there exist positive constants and such that , ; then there exist LESO parameters and controller gain parameters , , , , such that the tracking errors of closed-loop system are bounded; that is, with respect to any bounded input, the output of closed-loop system is bounded; in other words, the closed-loop system is BIBO stable.

#### 5. Simulation Results and Discussion

To demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed approach, a numerical example is considered, which is described by Changsheng et al. [13] where represents the input and represents the output. In fact, the affine nonlinear system described by (44) can represent a class of models existing widely in real practice, such as motor motion system.

According to the design procedure of the TLC method, the nominal input can be obtained:

To maintain causality, the derivative of in (45) can be calculated through a pseudodifferentiator which takes the following form of transfer function:

According to the design framework of TLC [1–3], a PI regulator can be designed by defining an augmented tracking error to improve the performance of the closed-loop system. The augmented tracking error is defined as follows:

Correspondingly, the original system (44) can be rewritten as where .

By linearizing (48) along the nominal trajectory , the time-varying matrices for the augmented error dynamics can be obtained: where .

The tracking and disturbance rejection performance of TLC combined with LESO are tested under the following different scenarios.

*Case 1. *There exist no unmodeled dynamics and disturbances.

*Case 2. *The unmodeled dynamics exist in the system described as

*Case 3. *Both unmodeled dynamics and external disturbances exist in the system described as

Thus, the system (48) can be rewritten as where .

Suppose that the tracking error of LTV system is measurable, according to the method proposed; the controller of LTV system can be synthesized as follows: where , which can be produced by the following dynamics:

In this simulation, the tuning parameters are rad/s and rad/s. Correspondingly, ,, , , and .

Above all, the overall controller of the closed-loop system can be synthesized as follows:

In order to compare conveniently, here, the control law of [13] is also given as follows: where denotes gain matrix to be chosen by utilizing PD-spectrum theorem of TLC, while denotes the output of the robust adaptive controller constructed on the basis of T-S fuzzy system. The detailed design method can be found in [13]. Here, the design parameters to be chosen in [13] are outlined below, respectively, , , , , and .

Firstly, we suppose that the reference command is the same with [13], which can be described by

The tracking performance of original TLC method tested under the aforementioned scenarios is shown in Figure 1.

From the simulation in Figure 1, it can be observed that the output of closed-loop system can track the command closely in the absence of unmodeled dynamics or external disturbances. However, if there exist unmodeled dynamics or both unmodeled dynamics and external disturbances as stated in Figure 1, the tracking performance of TLC degrades remarkably. Thus, the original TLC method cannot meet the increasing demands on accuracy and robustness when larger disturbances are considered.

The performance for the proposed method and control scheme presented in [13] tested in the presence of the aforementioned uncertainties are shown in Figures 2–5, respectively. Meanwhile, in order to emphasize the advantage of the proposed method, tracking errors of the closed-loop system for the proposed method and the method in [13] are also illustrated in Figure 6, respectively.

From the simulation in Figures 2–6, it can be observed that the output of proposed method and the method in [13] can both track the command closely under aforementioned scenarios. Compared with Figures 4 and 5, Figures 2 and 3 clearly demonstrate that the proposed method has better performance in control quality such as tracking precision and robustness, especially in the presence of larger disturbances. Such performance can only be attributed to the ability of LESO in obtaining an accurate estimation of the combined effect of unmodeled dynamics and external disturbances in real time. Moreover, the closed-loop tracking errors for the proposed method under Cases 2 and 3 all converge to zero quickly and ultimately maintain steadily in the neighborhood of zero. However, for the method proposed in [13], the upper bound of tracking error increases as more uncertainties are incorporated into lumped disturbances. Apparently, highly tracking accuracy for the method in [13] cannot be guaranteed in face of larger uncertainties.

To further demonstrate the relationship between the tracking error and the bandwidth, Figure 7 shows the simulation results using the reduced bandwidth rad/s and rad/s. In addition, the curve for estimated error with different bandwidth of LESO is also given in Figure 8. The simulation results in Figure 7 obviously verify the validity of Theorems 6 and 7; that is, the ultimate upper bound of closed-loop tracking error monotonously decreases with the product of LESO’s and controller’s bandwidth. This conclusion provides a viable guideline to select the parameters of controller. Compared with the method in [13], the ultimate upper bound of tracking error can achieve the magnitude of . Moreover, Figure 8 shows that the upper bound of the estimated error for lumped disturbance decreases as bandwidth increases, which is coincided with Theorem 5.

Next, in order to illustrate the control strategy can also work well when the desired trajectory proceeds with abrupt disturbance, we suppose a step disturbance with the amplitude of 3 at s as the abrupt disturbance; in this case, control strategy proposed in [11] is considered to make comparison. The parameters of proposed method are kept unchanged, as mentioned previously. Figure 9 shows the tracking response for proposed method and the method in [11]. It is obvious that, compared with [11], the output of the proposed method tracks the reference command effectively in spite of abrupt disturbance at s. The tracking error can converge to a neighborhood of zero rapidly. However, for the method proposed in [11], the tracking error changes obviously when abrupt disturbance occurs. Thus, with LESO, the capability of the proposed method in disturbance rejection is superior to that of the method proposed in [11].

Above all, compared with [9–14], only two parameters of the proposed method need to be tuned while maintaining the excellent performance such as disturbance rejection and tracking characteristics, which makes it extremely simple and practical. Both the stability analysis and the simulation study demonstrate the effectiveness and the robustness of the proposed method.

#### 6. Concluding Remarks

The main result in this paper is the validation of proposed method through theoretical analysis and simulation. The BIBO stability and ultimate tracking error bound are rigorously analyzed based on the proposed robust TLC’s specific structure. It is shown that the ultimate upper bound of closed-loop tracking error monotonously decreases with the product of LESO’s and controller’s bandwidth. Thus, the analysis provides a guideline to select the two tuning parameters. The theoretical study is further supported by the simulation results. Both stability analysis and simulation results validate the effectiveness of the proposed method.

#### Conflict of Interests

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

#### Acknowledgments

This research has been funded in part by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant 61175084/F030601 and in part by Program for Changjiang Scholars and Innovative Research Team in University under Grant IRT 13004.

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