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In this paper, we consider robust stability and stabilization of uncertain Takagi-Sugeno fuzzy time-delay systems where uncertainties come into the state and input matrices. Some stability conditions and robust stability conditions for fuzzy time-delay systems have already been obtained in the literature. However, those conditions are rather conservative and do not guarantee the stability of a wide class of fuzzy systems. This is true in case of designing stabilizing controllers for fuzzy time-delay systems and it thus leads to a conservative fuzzy controller design as well. We first consider rather relaxed robust stability conditions of uncertain fuzzy systems. To this end, we introduce an auxiliary system to the original fuzzy time-delay system to obtain generalized delay-dependent stability conditions. Such an auxiliary system has some arbitrary matrices that generalize not only the system representation but also delay-dependent stability conditions. Conditions we obtain here are delay-dependent conditions that depend on the upper bound of time-delay, and are given in terms of linear matrix inequalities (LMIs). Then, we compare our delay-dependent stability conditions with other conditions in the literature, and show that our conditions guarantee the stability of a wider class of systems than others. Next, we consider the robust stabilization problem with memoryless and delayed state feedback controllers. Based on our generalized robust stability conditions, we obtain delay-dependent sufficient conditions for the closed-loop system to be robustly stable, and give a design method of robustly stabilizing controllers. Finally, we give three examples that illustrate our results.
Date of Publication: Oct. 2007