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Title: Adaptive control of functionally uncertain systems
Author: French, Mark Christopher
ISNI:       0000 0001 3484 2714
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Southampton
Date of Award: 1998
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In this thesis we develop performance bounds for adaptive control designs applicable to functionally uncertain systems in either the affine, strict feedback and output feedback normal forms. L², weighted L², L∞ and weighted L∞ models of uncertainty are introduced. These allow us to specify the uncertainty in the system independently of the model structure chosen for the adaptive controller. A modified LQR cost functional, incorporating both control effort and state terms, is introduced and its interpretation is discussed. The main results bound this cost functional in terms of the uncertainty models for a class of Lyapunov based adaptive controllers. One class of results shows that a finite dimensional model suffices for stabilization given a sufficiently large adaptation gain. A second class of results considers global uncertainties. It is shown that unless the adaptation rate is faster than the uncertainty growth, instability may occur. An unbounded adaptive rate structure is described which allows global results to be given, using a special class of physically realisable global models, under the assumption that the uncertainty growth is known, but not the uncertainty level. An example is given of a standard spline network based controller whose performance degrades as the resolution of the model increases. We then give a sufficient condition on the model for the performance to be asymptotically bounded independent of the size of the model. Under further L∞ assumptions on the uncertainty model, we construct a control schema which has the required performance scalability. It is argued that average case performance costs are more natural than worst case costs for the adaptive designs, and it is shown how the average case performance costs can be estimated from the worst case bounds. The open problem of a structurally adaptive scheme which is stable in the absence of smoothness information is also solved.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Control theory; Robust control