Stabilizability and optimal control of switched differential algebraic equations

Paul Wijnbergen


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In this thesis control of dynamical systems with switches is considered. Examples of such systems are electronic circuits and mechanical systems. The switches are induced by abrupt structural changes due to component failure or physical switches. In the case of constraints on the dynamics, the state of the system can only take certain values and not only differential equations are involved in modeling the system, but also algebraic equations.

An important question in control problems is often how well a certain controller performs. Some controllers require little energy, but induce undesired behavior of the system, whereas others perform well in terms of the systems behavior but require a lot of energy. It turns out that in general an optimal controller does not exist. However, necessary and sufficient conditions for the existence of optimal controller given a quadratic cost functional are presented in this thesis.

Besides quantitative properties also some qualitative properties are investigated. The systems considered exhibit discontinuous behavior and Dirac impulses, whereas especially Dirac impulses are practically undesirable. Dirac impulses occur in practice in the form of hydraulic shocks in fluid networks or sparks in electronic circuits. The possibility to avoid Dirac impulses is also studied and necessary and sufficient conditions are given.
Originele taal-2English
KwalificatieDoctor of Philosophy
Toekennende instantie
  • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
  • Trenn, Stephan, Supervisor
  • van der Schaft, Arjan, Supervisor
Datum van toekenning1-nov.-2022
Plaats van publicatie[Groningen]
StatusPublished - 2022


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