A new deadband-triggered scheme is proposed to investigate the control problems for sampled-data systems with multiple transmitting channels. Sampled-data systems simultaneously contain continuous-time and discrete-time signals, which make the systems hybrid. In the sampled-data systems with multiple channels, the every state signals are transmitting at different channels. The deadband communication constraint is adopted to reduce the usage of communication resources. When the difference between the previous value and the most present value is lager than a given threshold of deadband, then the node of channels transmits the most present value. Furthermore, by use of Lyapunov functional method and input delay approach, the new stability analysis and stabilization conditions for the sampled-data with multiple channels on the basis of deadband-triggered scheme are proposed. Numerical simulations and experiments show the validity and usefulness of the derived conditions. The proposed deadband-triggered scheme is beneficial to further reduce the load of the communication data.

1. Introduction

With the rapid development of digital technology, sensor technology, and the huge performance of these technologies, sampled-data systems has become one of the most widely used systems including industrial processes [13]. In this class of system, the object is running in a continuous domain, and the output of the object is a discrete signal measured by a sensor. This makes the controller only rely on discrete sampling signals to monitor objects. So the sampled-data system becomes a hybrid system containing continuous and discrete signals [36].

Compared to a generally pure continuous or pure discrete system, the sampled-data system can achieve a more essential description of most of the existing industrial systems or devices. And because of its large use of digital and sensor technologies, this kind of system is more automated and more complex. A typical sampled-data system is networked control system [79]. Because of the wide application of the digital hardware technologies, the sampled-data control method has been more important than other control approaches. Recently, some researchers have investigated the sampled-data control [1012]. However, all the above literature considered that the signals of sampled-data systems are transmitted by one channel. In the actual system, sensor and actuator are sometimes distributed in different areas, the signals require communication through multiple channels, each channel will lead to uncertainties is not the same, and this assumption is not suitable for single channel mode. So it is necessary to study the control problem of sampled-data systems with multiple channels. At present, [13] studied the control problems of the networked control systems based on the channels sharing method. In fact, in many sampled-data systems, the bandwidth of data transmitting channel is limited. Therefore, to avoid the unnecessary waste of communication resources and achieve better performance of sampled-data systems, it is necessary to consider a potential improvement of the traditional sampled-data control methods, namely, the data communication triggered scheme. So far, many results have been obtained about event-triggered control [1421]. Inspired by these results, this paper gives a deadband-triggered scheme, which controls the account of the data transmitting, according to the difference of the present value and the previous value at the deadband-triggered processor. However, the control problems of the sampled-data systems with multiple channel deadband-triggered communication scheme have not been studied in full detail. This motivates the present study.

In response to the above discussion, in this paper, we aim to investigate the stabilization problem for sampled-data systems with multiple communication channels based on deadband-triggered scheme. The organization of this paper is as follows. Section 2 presents the problem of the sampled-data systems under the consideration of deadband-triggered scheme and multiple communication channels. Section 3 presents the stability analysis condition of the sampled-data systems. And, a design method of stabilization for the sampled-data systems is proposed. In Section 4, an example is presented to illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed method. Finally, Section 5 gives some concluding remarks.

Notation. Given a matrix , , and denote its transpose and inverse when it exists, respectively. The notation means that is real symmetric and positive definite. denotes the identity matrix. In symmetric block matrices, we use an asterisk to represent a term that is induced by symmetry. and stand for the set of dimension vectors, matrices, respectively. The notations throughout this paper are standard. denotes a block-diagonal matrix.

2. Problem Formulation

2.1. Sampled-Data System with Time-Varying Sampling Intervals

Consider sampled-data system in the formwhere is the system state, is the control input, and , are some constant matrices of appropriate dimensions.

The sequence of sampling instants with is increasing and divergent with . Without loss generality, it is assumed that and the first sampling happens at time . The initial state is given as . The sampling interval is time-varying and its lower bound and upper bound are known:where and denote the lower bound of sampling interval and the upper bound of sampling interval, respectively.

We assume that the state of (1) is measurable at , where the output signal of the controller is determined from the sampled data and a constant feedback gain   .

2.2. Multiple Communication Channels

In the sampled-data system, it transmits the useful information through multiple channels. As shown in Figure 1, the closed-loop system is composed of a plant, some sensors, some deadband-triggered processors, a controller, and an actuator. The state signals of the plant are sampled at the sensor sides and then released to the communication channels. are the state signals of the plant sampled by the sensors. At the same time, it is assumed that the sensor and sampler are clock-driven, while the controller and actuator are event-driven. As shown in Figure 1, unlike the widely researched state-feedback control system with single channel environment, the signals from sensors are transmitted to the controller via n different communication channels. The spatially distributed sensors can be synchronized by using some existing approaches such as time synchronization based on the linear consensus algorithm or slow-flooding [19].

In the sampled-data systems, if the sampling interval is too small, the number of data packets will increase quickly, which can lead to an overloaded communication bandwidth. However, fewer sampled signal are must be transmitted for maintaining the running of the controlled systems. As an alternative, this investigation explores a deadband-triggered scheme as a solution to reduce data transmission in the system.

2.3. Deadband-Triggered Communication Scheme

In the sampled-data system (see Figure 1), a deadband-triggered processor (DTP) is set at the every sensor nodes. For the ith channel, the DTP of the sensor to controller is denoted as   . The node does not transfer a new message if the node signal is within the deadband. A number of sampled-data packets will be discarded under the deadband-triggered mechanism, which will make the channel loads reduced greatly. Thus, a good quality of the channel can be possibly ensured.

In Figure 1, at the sampling instant , both the state and the control input signals are processed by deadbands before they are sent to the controller and actuator, respectively. Each state signal is sampled by sensor . Whether or not the sampled signal should be transmitted is determined by the ith DTP. The mechanism of is precisely described as follows: where we denote the input signal of deadband-triggered processor as and its output signal as . The deadband node in compares the previous value to the most recent value . The data packet is sent over the channels only if the difference value changes more than a given threshold, where is the threshold of DTP . is the weighting of threshold.

Remark 1. If the absolute value of the difference between and is within the threshold of deadband then the signal data is not sent.
Define , then (3) can be included in following equality:

Remark 2. Because of the introduction of the deadband-triggered scheme, some uncertain will be brought to the sampled-data system. We furthermore use (4) to describe deadband mechanism (3) in the model of systems (1). We can clearly see that there exists when in (4), and there exists when in (4).

For the sake of simplicity, in the following, we use to denote . . Thus, for the deadband-triggered processor , its input signal and output signal show the following:At the same time, the input signal and the output signal of deadband-triggered processor are and , respectively. The sampling instants are denoted as , . In the sampled-data system (1), the digital controller is used, and it satisfies the following: is the state-feedback gain to be determined later. Following, the relation between the input signal and the output signal in deadband-triggered processor can be described aswhere , is the threshold of event-triggered generator . is the weighting of threshold.

Similar to (3), (4), then (7) can be included inDefine , . Combine (4) and (8); the control input signal can be written aswhere denotes the identity matrix of appropriate dimensions. and . For the sake of simplicity, it is assumed that and . Then, it is not difficult to get and . In the following, for the sake of simplicity, we denote , as , , respectively.

For the sampled-data system, the digital control law may be represented as follows by using input delay approach [12]:Denote ; the piecewise-constant control law (10) can be represented as a continuous-time controller with a time-varying piecewise continuous delay:where is piecewise linear with the derivative for . It is assumed that is bounded that satisfies .

Substituting the controller (11) into the sampled-data systems (1), we can obtain the closed-loop sampled-data system on the basis of deadband-triggered scheme: where .

Our objective is to find a state-feedback controller , which stabilizes system (1).

3. Main Results

3.1. Stability Analysis for the Sampled-Data Control Systems with Multiple Deadband Channels

Theorem 3. For given scalars , , , , , and a matrix , the closed-loop sampled-data system (12) is stable if there exist matrices ,   ,   =, and , , , ,    such thatwhere

Proof. Consider the following Lyapunov-Krasovskii functionalwhere,   , and (=1, 2, 3).
For , calculating the derivative of with respect to along the solutions of the system (12) and using Leibniz-Newton formula, it yields thatwhereBy the Schur complements, combine (13) to obtain for all .
It is noting that , , , .
The value of before and after points remains unchanged (since is continuous). Then, we have    in Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional (15). Moreover, for , there exists . Thus, for .
For , we have Since , we have . It follows that It shows that decreases. This completes the proof.

Remark 4. Theorem 3 presents a stability analysis condition of sampled-data systems under deadband-triggered communication scheme, which describes the relations of the deadband parameters and sampling intervals. The given condition is in terms of Linear Matrix Inequality (LMI) when the controller gain is given.

3.2. Stabilization for the Sampled-Data Control Systems with Multiple Deadband Channels

This section is devoted to solve the problem of stabilization controller design for sampled-data systems (12). The following theorem presents the conditions for existence of the desired controller.

Theorem 5. Consider the sampled-data system in Figure 1. For given scalars , , , , , and the closed-loop system (12) is stable if there exist matrices , , , , , , , , and of appropriate dimensions, such thatwhereIn this case, the state-feedback gain is given by

Proof. Define From (13), we haveIt can be shown that if (13) holds, there exists , that is, for all .
Define , , , and .
Pre- and postmultiplying both sides of (26) by and denoting , , , , ,   ,   , and . Then, we havewhereThe conditions in above inequality (27) are not LMI because of the nonlinear terms . It is noted that   . In order to solve this nonconvex problem, the inequalities in following are needed.it is equivalent to Then, we can obtain (21). This completes the proof.

Remark 6. By using inequalities (30), the nonlinear terms in (26) are replaced with , which makes the controller design conditions for the sampled-data systems (12) to be presented in LMI form. From Theorem 5, we can easily obtain the stabilization controller design conditions for the sampled-data systems (12).

4. Numerical Examples

Example 1. Consider the following system [22]:Choosing , , , and . By using Theorem 5, solving the LMI problem in (21), one can obtain the following solution: Hence, the state-feedback controller gain . Figure 2 shows the state response and control input under deadband-triggered scheme, where the initial state of the NCS is . It can been seen that the closed-loop NCS is asymptotically stable with above obtained control gain. It shows the effectiveness of stabilization controller design method proposed in this paper.
Figure 3 shows the transmission of the state signal in two channels . In channel , for the output signals from deadband processor , the previous value is and the most recent value is . In channel , for the output signals from deadband processor , the previous value is and the most recent value is . In Figure 3, curve output shows the difference between most recent value and the previous value of the output signals from deadband processor and . When the curve output is not zero, that is, , it shows that the state signals are transmitting in the channel 1 and in the channel 2. From Figure 3, one can see that the quantity of data transmission can be reduced and be effectively controlled by adopting the deadband-triggered scheme. Figure 4 shows the transmission of control input at deadband processor for . It can be seen that the quantity of data transmission can be reduced largely to avoid the heavy of the channels. These have shown that the proposed control approach based on deadband-triggered scheme can guarantee the system stable and effectively reduce the data transmission in the channels.

5. Conclusions

This paper investigates the control problem for a sampled-data system with multiple channels, whereby the transmitting of each signal detected by the sensor is depended on the deadband-triggered scheme. By using Lyapunov functional approach and Leibniz-Newton formula, the stability analysis and stabilization methods for the sampled-data system with multiple channels based on deadband-triggered scheme are proposed. Moreover, the proposed stability analysis and stabilization controller design conditions can be presented in terms of linear matrix inequalities (LMIs). A numerical example is used to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed methods. From the numerical results, it can be seen that the given method in this paper can guarantee the closed sampled-data system stable, and the proposed deadband-triggered scheme can significantly reduce the number of data transmitting in the channels.

Data Availability

The data used to support the findings of this study are available from the corresponding author upon request.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.


This work was supported by the National Nature Science Foundation of China (Grant no. 61603261, Grant no. 61473195, and Grant no. 71601126), the Natural Science Foundation of Liaoning Province (Grant no. 201202156), the Program for Liaoning Excellent Talents in University (LNET) (LJQ2012100), and Program Funded by Liaoning Province Education Administration (Grant no. L2014480).