Section: Research Program

Dynamic non-regular systems

nonsmooth mechanical systems, impacts, friction, unilateral constraints, complementarity problems, modeling, analysis, simulation, control, convex analysis

Dynamical systems (we limit ourselves to finite-dimensional ones) are said to be non-regular whenever some nonsmoothness of the state arises. This nonsmoothness may have various roots: for example some outer impulse, entailing so-called differential equations with measure. An important class of such systems can be described by the complementarity system

x ˙ = f ( x , u , λ ) , 0 y λ 0 , g ( y , λ , x , u , t ) = 0 , re-initialization law of the state x ( · ) , (1)

where denotes orthogonality; u is a control input. Now (1) can be viewed from different angles.

  • Hybrid systems: it is in fact natural to consider that (1) corresponds to different models, depending whether yi=0 or yi>0 (yi being a component of the vector y). In some cases, passing from one mode to the other implies a jump in the state x; then the continuous dynamics in (1) may contain distributions.

  • Differential inclusions: 0yλ0 is equivalent to -λNK(y), where K is the nonnegative orthant and NK(y) denotes the normal cone to K at y. Then it is not difficult to reformulate (1) as a differential inclusion.

  • Dynamic variational inequalities: such a formalism reads as x˙(t)+F(x(t),t),v-x(t)0 for all vK and x(t)K, where K is a nonempty closed convex set. When K is a polyhedron, then this can also be written as a complementarity system as in (1).

Thus, the 2nd and 3rd lines in (1) define the modes of the hybrid systems, as well as the conditions under which transitions occur from one mode to another. The 4th line defines how transitions are performed by the state x. There are several other formalisms which are quite related to complementarity. See [7], [8], [15] for a survey on models and control issues in nonsmooth mechanical systems.