Section: New Results
New advances on backstepping
Participants : Frederic Mazenc, Michael Malisoff [LSU] , Laurent Burlion [ONERA Toulouse] , Jerome Weston [LSU] .
We worked on the problem of improving a fundamental control design technique for nonlinear systems called backstepping by using a fundamentally new approach which consists in introducing in the control artificial delays or using dynamic extensions.
In , we provided backstepping results for a large class of partially linear systems with an arbitrarily large number of integrators. We proposed control laws whose size respects some constaints given a priori. The key tool is a dynamic extension that contains only one artificial delay, which is in sharp contrast with our prior contributions. We also showed that the closed-loop system is robust, in the input-to-state stability sense, with respect to a large class of model uncertainties, and robust with respect to delays in the measurements. We illustrated the result using an example that is beyond the scope of classical backstepping.
The paper  also provides a crucial backstepping result. We explained how globally asymptotically stabilizing output feedbacks can be constructed for a family of nonlinear systems using only a dynamic extension and a "Converging Input-Converging State" assumption and no additional delays. The technique presents several advantages. It provides control laws whose expressions are simple. It makes it possible to stabilize systems in the presence of uncertain terms, which are not necessarily of class and which prevent the use of the classical backstepping technique. It applies in cases where only part of the state variables can be measured.