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  • Print publication year: 2009
  • Online publication date: February 2011

5 - Further switched systems

from Part I - Theory


Mixed logical dynamical systems and linear complementarity systems are representations of switched systems, which under the conditions described here are equivalent to the model used in Chapter 4. They are particularly useful for model-predictive control. The equivalences of several hybrid system models show that different models, which are suitable for specific analysis and design problems and have been investigated in detail, cover the same class of hybrid systems. The analysis of the well-posedness of the models leads to conditions on the model equations under which a unique solution exists.

Model-predictive control of hybrid systems

Model-predictive control (MPC) is a widely used technology in industry for control design of highly complex multivariable processes. The idea behind MPC is to start with a model of the open-loop process that explains the dynamical relations among system's variables (command inputs, internal states, and measured outputs). Then, constraint specifications on system variables are added, such as input limitations (typically due to actuator saturation) and desired ranges where states and outputs should remain. Desired performance specifications complete the control problem setup and are expressed through different weights on tracking errors and actuator efforts (as in classical linear quadratic regulation). At each sampling time, an open-loop optimal control problem based on the given model, constraints, weights, and with initial condition set at the current (measured or estimated) state, is repeatedly solved through numerical optimization.