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On the Robustness of Sampled-Data Systems to Uncertainty in Continuous-Time Delays

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2 Author(s)
Alterman, I. ; Fac. of Mech. Eng., Technion - Israel Inst. of Technol., Haifa, Israel ; Mirkin, L.

In this technical note, we consider the robust stability of sampled-data systems with respect to continuous-time delay. We argue that many results in the literature implicitly assume that the delay is a multiple of the sampling period. We demonstrate that this approach might be misleading. Namely, we show that there are systems, which are destabilized by small continuous-time delays despite being delay-independent stable with respect to “integer” delays (this phenomenon has no continuous-time counterpart). We also propose a robustness analysis procedure based on embedding continuous-time delays into unstructured analog uncertainty with the subsequent reduction of the problem to a standard sampled-data H problem. Toward this end, a novel nominal model for the uncertain delay is put forward. It yields a tighter unstructured uncertainty covering than in the existing approaches, thus having a potential to reduce the conservatism of the method. This might be advantageous in the pure continuous-time case as well.

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Automatic Control, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:56 ,  Issue: 3 )