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Robust control of switched stochastic systems with time delays under asynchronous switching
Advances in Difference Equations volume 2013, Article number: 86 (2013)
This paper investigates the problem of robust control for a class of switched stochastic systems with time delays under asynchronous switching, where the asynchronous switching means that the switching of the controllers has a lag to the switching of system modes. The parameter uncertainties are allowed to be norm bounded. Firstly, by using the average dwell time approach, the stability criterion and performance analysis for the underlying systems are developed. Then, based on the obtained results, sufficient conditions for the existence of admissible asynchronous switching controllers which guarantee that the resulting closed-loop systems are mean-square exponentially stable with performance are derived. Finally, a numerical example is given to illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed approach.
Switched systems are a kind of hybrid systems composed of a family of subsystems and a logical rule that orchestrates switching between these subsystems. Due to the physical properties or various environmental factors, many real-world systems can be modeled as switched systems, such as networked control systems [1, 2], robot control systems , and so on. Switched systems have drawn increasing attention during the past decades due to their wide applications. Common Lyapunov function method , multiple Lyapunov function method  and average dwell time approach [6, 7] have been proposed to study the stability of such systems.
It is worth pointing out that time delay phenomenon may cause systems to be unstable or have poor performance. Many scholars have devoted their energy to the study of switched systems with time delays, and some useful results have been proposed in [8–11]. The exponential stability and -gain analysis for switched delay systems were investigated by employing the average time method in [8, 9]. The asymptotical stability and control of switched delay systems were researched in . The problem of delay-independent minimum dwell time was discussed in , and sufficient conditions were presented to guarantee the exponential stability of switched delay systems.
On the other hand, stochastic disturbance may not be ignored in some practical systems. Some useful results on stochastic delay systems have been established in [12, 13]. Moreover, the stability analysis of switched stochastic delay-free systems was investigated in . Sufficient conditions of mean-square exponential stability for switched stochastic delay systems were presented in [15, 16]. In , the control problems for continuous-time switched stochastic systems were considered. The filtering problem for a class of nonlinear switched stochastic systems was addressed in . It should be pointed out that the aforementioned results are based on a common assumption that the switching of the controller is synchronized with the switching of the system. However, as stated in [19–21], there inevitably exists asynchronous switching in actual operation (usually the switching of the controller lags behind that of the system). Thus, it is necessary to design asynchronously switched controllers for switched stochastic systems. Recently, some work on asynchronously switched control of switched stochastic delay-free systems has been done in [22–24]. Robust reliable control of switched stochastic systems under asynchronous switching was studied in , and robust reliable control of switched stochastic nonlinear systems was researched in . In , the problem of robust filtering of switched stochastic delay-free systems under asynchronous switching was investigated, and the stabilization problem for a class of switched stochastic systems with time delays under asynchronous switching was addressed in . However, to the best of our knowledge, the issue of asynchronously switched control for switched stochastic systems with time delays has not yet been fully investigated to date, which motivates the present investigation.
In this paper, we are interested in investigating the robust control problem for switched stochastic systems with time delays under asynchronous switching. The main contributions of this paper can be summarized as follows: (i) By constructing an appropriate Lyapunov-Krasovskii functional, the extended mean-square exponential stability result with performance for the general switched stochastic delay systems is derived for the first time; (ii) The asynchronously switched control problem for the underlying systems is studied, and sufficient conditions for the existence of a state feedback controller are formulated in a set of LMIs (linear matrix inequalities). Compared with the existing results presented in [22–25], the proposed conditions bring some convenience for solving the designed controllers.
The remainder of the paper is organized as follows. In Section 2, problem statement and some useful lemmas are given. In Section 3, a criterion of mean-square exponential stability with performance for the general switched stochastic delay systems is developed by using the average dwell time approach. Then, sufficient conditions for the existence of admissible asynchronous switching controllers are derived. In Section 4, a numerical example is given to illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed approach. Finally, concluding remarks are provided in Section 5.
In this paper, the superscript ‘T’ denotes the transpose, and the symmetric term in a matrix is denoted by ∗. The notation () means that matrix is positive definite (positive semi-definite, respectively). denotes the n-dimensional Euclidean space. denotes the Euclidean norm. is the space of square integrable vector-valued functions on , and is the initial time. and denote the maximum and minimum eigenvalues of matrix P, respectively. I is an identity matrix with appropriate dimension. denotes a diagonal matrix with the diagonal elements , .
2 Problem formulation and preliminaries
Consider the following switched stochastic systems with time-delays:
where is the state vector, is the vector-valued initial function, is the disturbance input belonging to , is the control input, is a one-dimensional zero-mean Wiener process on a probability space satisfying
where Ω is the sample space, F is σ-algebras of subsets of the sample space and P is the probability measure on F, is the expectation operator.
The switching signal is a piecewise constant function of time, means that the i th subsystem is active; N is the number of subsystems. , and , , are real-valued matrices with appropriate dimensions. , and are uncertain real matrices with appropriate dimensions and can be written as
where , and are known real-value matrices with appropriate dimensions, is unknown time-varying matrix satisfying
For the sake of simplicity, is written as in this paper.
The system switching sequence can be described as , where is the initial time and denotes the k th switching instant.
Without loss of generality, denote as the switching signal of the controller, and it can be described as
where , , .
Considering the existence of asynchronous switching, the system control input is given by .
Remark 1 The delayed period () denotes the time that the switching instant of the controller lags behind (exceeds) that of the system, and it is called the mismatched period. Throughout this paper, we only consider the case where .
Remark 2 guarantees that there always exists a period during which the controller and the system operate synchronously, and the period is said to be the matched period.
Definition 1 System (1a)-(1c) with is said to be exponentially stable in the mean-square sense under the switching signal if there exist scalars and such that the solution of the system satisfies
Definition 2 
For any , let denote the switching number of on an interval . If
holds for given and , then the constant is called the average dwell time. As commonly used in the literature, we choose .
Definition 3 
For any and , system (1a)-(1c) is said to be exponentially stable in the mean-square sense and has a prescribed weighted performance level γ if the following conditions are satisfied:
When , system (1a)-(1c) is exponentially stable in the mean-square sense;
Under zero initial condition, the output satisfies(7)
Lemma 1 
Let U, V, W and X be constant matrices of appropriate dimensions, and let X satisfy , then for all , if and only if there exists a scalar such that
3 Main results
3.1 Stability and performance analysis
Consider the following switched stochastic delay systems:
Consider the Lyapunov function (which is written as in what follows). When the i th subsystem is activated, according to the Itô formula, along the trajectory of the i th subsystem, we have
where , , .
Let and denote unions of the dispersed intervals during which the Lyapunov function is decreasing and increasing within the time interval , and let and represent the length of and , respectively. Denote .
Lemma 2 Consider system (9a)-(9c), for given scalars and , if there exist functions , and positive scalars and such that
hold, then under the average dwell time scheme
the system is exponentially stable in the mean-square sense and has a prescribed weighted performance level γ, and satisfies
where () is the kth switching instant.
Proof From (10) and (13), it holds that
For any , integrating both sides of (17) and (18), we have
Then, according to (16), (19) and in Definition 2, one obtains that
In order to prove that system (9a)-(9c) is exponentially stable in the mean-square sense and has a prescribed weighted performance level γ, two conditions in Definition 3 should be satisfied.
When , noticing that , it can be obtained from (20) that
Then, according to Definition 1, we can obtain from (12) that system (9a)-(9c) is exponentially stable in the mean-square sense.
Under zero initial condition, it follows from (20) that(21)
Multiplying both sides of (21) by leads to
From (14), we get that there exists a scalar function satisfying
Notice that , then combining (22) and (23) yields
By Definition 2, we have
Integrating both sides of (25) from to ∞, inequality (7) is obtained.
The proof is completed. □
Remark 3 Note that the stability analysis of switched systems with stable and unstable subsystems has been studied in , and the proposed method is extended to system (9a)-(9c) in the paper. In Lemma 2, all the active subsystems during the time interval are required to be unstable (but bounded), and all the active subsystems during the time interval are required to be stable. By limiting the lower bound of average dwell time, the stability of system (9a)-(9c) is guaranteed.
3.2 Robust control
In this subsection, we focus on the robust control for switched stochastic systems with time delays under asynchronous switching. Considering system (1a)-(1c), under the asynchronous switching controller , the resulting closed-loop system is given by
The following theorem gives sufficient conditions for the existence of asynchronous robust controller such that the closed-loop system (26a)-(26c) is exponentially stable in the mean-square sense and has a prescribed weighted performance level γ.
Theorem 1 Consider system (1a)-(1c), for given positive scalars α and β, if there exist two positive scalars and , and matrices , , and with appropriate dimensions such that , ,
hold, then under the switching controller , , and the average dwell time scheme
the resulting closed-loop system (26a)-(26c) is exponentially stable in the mean-square sense and has a prescribed weighted performance level γ, where satisfies
Proof Assume that the i th subsystem is activated at the switching instant , and the j th subsystem is activated at the switching instant . Because there exists asynchronous switching, the i th controller is active during the interval , and the j th controller is active during the interval .
When , system (26a) can be described as(31)
Consider the following Lyapunov functional candidate:
, and are symmetric positive definite matrices with appropriate dimensions to be determined.
By the Itô formula, we have
From (32), we obtain
Under the condition
we get that
When , system (26a) can be written as(35)
Following the step line in (1), we have
From (32), one obtains , where
If and , we have
By the Schur complement, one obtains that is equivalent to
Denoting and using to pre- and post-multiply the left term of (38), one obtains that
From (3), we have
By Lemma 1, it can be obtained that (39) is equivalent to
According to the Schur complement, it follows that (39) is equivalent to (27b). Then from (38) and (39), we obtain that (27b) is equivalent to . Similarly, it is easy to get that (27c) is equivalent to .
Noticing that , and , one obtains that (30) is equivalent to the following inequalities:
By Lemma 2, system (26a)-(26c) is exponentially stable in the mean-square sense and has a prescribed weighted performance level γ. The proof is completed. □
Remark 4 A stabilizing controller design method of switched stochastic delay systems under asynchronous switching has been proposed in , and sufficient conditions for the existence of designed controller have been derived in a set of matrix inequalities, but there is some difficulty in finding the feasible solution. However, the focus of our work is on the asynchronous switching controller design, and this is also the major contribution of the paper. In addition, the method of controller design presented in the paper is different from the ones proposed in [22–25], and it is much easier to solve the designed controller.
4 Numerical example
In this section, a numerical example is presented to illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed approach. Consider system (1a)-(1c) with the following parameters:
Take , and , then solving LMIs (27a)-(27c) in Theorem 1, we have
Then the designed controller gain matrices can be obtained:
From (30), we get , and then from (28) and (29), it can be obtained that . Thus, according to Theorem 1, under the average dwell time , the designed controller can guarantee that the resulting closed-loop system is exponentially stable in the mean-square sense and has a prescribed weighted performance level .
Let , , and , and choose , simulation results are shown in Figures 1-3. Figure 1 depicts the switching signals of the system and the controller, respectively. Figures 2 and 3 show state trajectories of the closed-loop system, respectively.
In this paper, the robust control problem for switched stochastic systems with time delays under asynchronous switching has been investigated. Based on the average dwell time approach, a criterion of mean-square exponential stability with performance of switched stochastic delay systems is presented, and sufficient conditions for the existence of a robust controller are derived. Finally, a numerical example is given to illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed approach.
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This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant Nos. 60974027 and 61273120.
The authors declare that they have no competing interests.
GC carried out the main results of this article and drafted the manuscript. ZX directed the study and helped inspection. Both the authors read and approved the final manuscript.