#### Abstract

This paper investigates the integral sliding mode control problem for Lur’e singularly perturbed systems with sector-constrained nonlinearities. First, we design a proper sliding manifold such that the motion of closed-loop systems with a state feedback controller along the manifold is absolutely stable. To achieve this, we give a matrix inequality-based absolute stability criterion; thus the above problem can be converted into a matrix inequality feasibility problem. In addition, the gain matrix can also be derived by solving the matrix inequality. Then, a discontinuous control law is synthesized to force the system state to reach the sliding manifold and stay there for all subsequent time. Finally, some numerical examples are given to illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed results.

#### 1. Introduction

Singularly perturbed systems are commonly encountered due to the presence of small parasitic parameters such as small time constants and moments of inertia. These are often the source of the increased order and stiffness of systems [1, 2], where robust stability is a crucial requirement for singularly perturbed systems. This is due to not only theoretical interests but also the relevance of this topic in control engineering applications. During the past years, the robust stability and stabilization problems of singularly perturbed systems have been widely studied, and many significant results and methods have been presented (see [3–16] and the references therein). Reference [3] presented a composite linear controller for robust stability of singularly perturbed linear systems with matching condition uncertainties, in which the maximum stability bound has not been involved. In [5], the robust stabilization problem of singularly perturbed systems with nonlinear uncertainties is studied; a control law is presented by the solutions of two independent Lyapunov equations. In addition, the stability bound is also derived via a state transformation and the constructive use of a Lyapunov function. The obtained result shows that the controller design approach is very complex and difficult to operate. More recently, the authors of [9] considered absolute stability problem for Lur’e singularly perturbed systems, where the stability criterion in terms of linear matrix inequalities (LMIs) is obtained. Meanwhile, the maximum stability bound is also computed by the bisectional search algorithm.

For robust control strategy, sliding mode control (SMC) provides an efficient way to control high-order nonlinear dynamic systems operating under uncertain conditions, which has many advantages like ease of implementation, fast response, and reduction in the order of the state equation. The basic idea of SMC is to drive the state trajectory of the system onto some specified smooth manifold (sliding surface) passing through the zero state in the state space and maintain the trajectory on it for all subsequent time. Recently, considerable attention has been paid to it and significant advances have been made on this regard [17–25]. Reference [23], for example, considered the sliding mode control for a class of uncertain singularly perturbed systems; a sufficient condition for the stability of control systems in terms of LMIs with equality constraint is presented. The obtained result is novel and interesting. The only downside is the fact that, owing to the equality constraint, the search of the controller gain is difficult and complex. However, to the best of authors’ knowledge, SMC for Lur’e singularly perturbed systems has seldom been investigated so far, although it has many profound engineering applications. Since a direct application on SMC methods of normal systems to Lur’e singularly perturbed systems may lead to ill-conditioned issue, many difficult and efficient issues still need to be addressed.

Motivated by the above works, we, in this paper, consider integral SMC for Lur’e singularly perturbed systems, although the absolute stability of such a system without control input has been studied in [9]. Our concern is whether stabilization of the closed-loop system can be achieved when considering SMC. To this end, we first select a proper integral sliding manifold such that the sliding mode dynamics is absolutely stable in the specified switching surface, in which the sliding mode gain matrix can be obtained by solving a matrix inequality. In addition, equality constraint in solving the matrix inequality can also be avoided. Then, a discontinuous control law is designed to force the original system state to reach the sliding surface and stay there for all future time. Moreover, the maximum stability bound is also derived by using the bisectional search algorithm proposed in [9]. Finally, two illustrative examples are presented to show the effectiveness of the presented approach.

The rest of the paper is organized as follows. Section 2 gives the problem formulation. The main results are given in Section 3. Section 4 gives two examples to show the effectiveness of the proposed methods. Finally, the conclusion is drawn in Section 5.

#### 2. Problem Formulation

Consider the following Lur’e singularly perturbed systems given bywhere is the system state, is the slow state, and is the fast state; is the control input vector; is the output vector, , , , and are constant matrices with appropriate dimensions; the matrix is given bywhere is the perturbation parameter which is small and positive but may be unknown, representing the response of the fast dynamics. is vector-value continuous nonlinear function, which is assumed to satisfy the following sector condition:orwhere and .

*Remark 1. *The structure of the sector condition in the form of (4) or (5) has been widely considered (see [6, 7, 26, 27] and the references therein). As stated in [9], this sector structure does not involve any approximation of nonlinearities by their norms. Thus, it is expected that our method can lead to a reduced conservation in controller design and stability bound.

We now give some basic results before continuing our discussion, which will be useful for the stability analysis of the sliding mode dynamics.

Lemma 2 (see [28]). *Assume that , , and are real matrices with appropriate dimensions and is a real matrix function satisfying . Then *(1)* holds if and only if there exists a scalar satisfying ;*(2)*For any , we have .*

Lemma 3 (see [9]). *If there exists a diagonal matrix , a lower triangular matrixwith and , and with when and , satisfying the following linear matrix inequality:where and . Then there exists such that system (1)-(2) with is absolutely stable for .*

#### 3. Main Results

In this section, we will first construct a proper integral sliding manifold such that the motion of system (1)-(2) along the manifold is absolutely stable; then, we design an integral SMC law such that the state of systems can be driven toward the manifold and stay there for all subsequent time regardless of the sector-constrained condition.

In the integral SMC approach, a law of the formis proposed, where is the ideal control responsible for the performance of the nominal system; is a discontinuous control providing the complete compensation of nonlinear uncertainties and ensuring that control objectives are reached. The sliding manifold is defined by the set , withwhere is a projection matrix, satisfying the following.

*Assumption 4. *The matrix product is invertible.

*Remark 5. *The termin (9) can be thought as a trajectory of the system in the absence of sector conditions and in the presence of the control . With this in mind, can be considered a penalizing factor of the difference between the actual and the nominal trajectories, projected along . Moreover, notice that the integral sliding surface constructed in (9) is different from that of [20], since the matrix is taken into account; this enables avoiding some difficulties caused by the small parameter in deriving the sliding mode dynamics in the sequel.

In this paper, we restrict ourselves to control functions in the form of static linear feedback where is a controller gain matrix.

To determine the motion equation at the sliding manifold, we use the equivalent control method [18]. According to (8) and (11), the solution of is given byIt follows from (9) and (11) thatThe derivative of along time is the equivalent control law can be obtained by solving the equation for ;

By substituting for in (1), we obtain the following sliding dynamics:where and .

The following result presents a sufficient condition via linear matrix inequalities technique which guarantees the absolute stability of the sliding mode dynamics (16).

Theorem 6. *If there exists a scalar , a diagonal matrix , a matrix with when and , and a lower triangular matrixwith and , satisfying the following matrix inequality:and then there exists an such that system (16) is absolutely stable for .*

*Proof. *By Schur’s Complement Lemma, we can obtain that inequality (18) is equivalent towhich can be rewritten asAccording to Lemma 2, the above inequality is equivalent to thus we have By applying Lemma 3, we obtain that there exists an such that the sliding mode dynamics (16) is absolutely stable for . This completes the proof.

*Remark 7. *The above Theorem gives the first step of the SMC for Lur’e singularly perturbed system (1)-(2). Specifically, we design an integral-type switching surface as given in (9) so that the dynamics restricted to the switching surface (i.e., the sliding mode dynamics) has the form of (16). Observe that (18) is not a LMI due to the existence of the nonlinearity term . Let ; then (18) can be transformed to a standard LMI which can be solved effectively by the LMI toolbox. Compared with [23], the derived sufficient condition for control law does not involve any equality constraint; its corresponding numerical problem can be avoided when using the LMI toolbox; this will help reduce any possibly induced conservatism.

Next, we will synthesize a proper SMC law to globally drive the system state trajectories onto the predefined switching surface in finite time and maintain them there for all subsequent time. This is our second consideration of this paper.

In this paper, the discontinuous control is selected aswhere is a gain high enough to enforce the sliding motion. We have the following result.

Theorem 8. *Consider Lur’e singularly perturbed system (1)-(2). Suppose that Assumption 4 holds and the matrix inequality (17)-(18) is solvable. Then, the trajectories of system (1)-(2) can be driven onto the switching surface in a finite time by the following SMC law: where and are defined by (11) and (23), respectively, with*

*Proof. *To analyze the reachability of the specific switching surface, we choose as , where is a positive definite matrix. According to Assumption 4, is nonsingular and positive definite. Choose the following Lyapunov function:Following from (14) and (23), we haveThen, taking the derivative of and considering the above equation, we havewhere . It is shown from (28) that there exists an instant such that when . Thus, this indicates that the system trajectories can be driven onto the predefined sliding surface in finite time, thereby completing the proof.

*Remark 9. *For the choice of , there is theoretically no limitation provided that , knowing that the larger is the higher the control amplitude is. However, by a practical point of view, the choice of is related to the physical limits of the control and the dynamics of the system. For the detailed description, we can refer to [25], in which the problem of transient time is studied in higher order sliding modes context.

#### 4. Numerical Examples

In this section, we present two numerical examples to illustrate the effectiveness of previous derived results.

*Example 1. *Consider the following Lur’e singularly perturbed system (1)-(2) given byAfter some mathematical manipulations, it is easy to see that satisfies the sector condition (4) with For simplicity, set with . By using the proposed sliding mode control algorithm, we solve the matrix inequality (18) and obtain some parameters as follows:The state feedback control gain matrix is given byUsing the bisectional search algorithm in [9], an upper bound can be obtained. This indicates that sliding mode dynamics is absolutely stable for . By Further computation, the sliding manifold can be obtained asIn case of , given the initial condition , then the simulations for the closed-loop system and sliding mode surface function are shown in Figures 1-2, respectively. As shown in the simulations, the closed loop is asymptotically stable.

*Example 2. *Consider the following inverted pendulum controlled by a DC-Motor plant via a gear train in [29]: where m/s^{2}, m, kg, , Nm/A, Vs/rad, and Ω, . Let , let , and let . Then, we have the state space form withand satisfying the sector condition (4) with . Set with . By using the proposed sliding mode control algorithm, we solve the matrix inequality (18) and obtain some parameters as follows:The state feedback control gain matrix is given byUsing the bisectional search algorithm in [9], an upper bound can be obtained. This indicates that sliding mode dynamics is absolutely stable for . By Further computation, the sliding manifold can be obtained asIn case of , given the initial condition , then the simulation for the states of the closed-loop system is shown in Figure 3, which shows that the controlled system can converge to zero under the designed sliding mode control law. Figure 4 gives the trajectory of the sliding mode surface function.

From these numerical studies, it is clear that the presented integral sliding mode control method eliminated the effects of sector-constrained conditions and guaranteed the asymptotic stability of the closed-loop systems. In addition, there is no equality constraint involved in matrix inequality; thus numerical problem when computing matrix inequality can be avoided. The effectiveness of the proposed method is shown clearly.

#### 5. Conclusion

This paper has considered integral sliding mode control for Lur’e singularly perturbed systems with sector-constrained condition. We have constructed a proper integral sliding manifold and proposed a stability criterion expressed in terms of -independent matrix inequalities. A sliding mode control law has been synthesized such that the trajectory of the resulting closed-loop system is driven toward the manifold in finite time. The given examples have illustrated the effectiveness and advantages of the obtained method.

#### Conflict of Interests

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

#### Acknowledgments

This paper is supported by the National Science Foundation of China (11171113), the Soft Science Research Program of Henan Province (142400411358), and the Natural Science Foundation of Henan Province (142300410324 and 142300410464).