IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, Vol.62, No.1, 337-349, 2017
Convex Synthesis of Robust Controllers for Linear Systems With Polytopic Time-Varying Uncertainty
The design of robust controllers for linear systems with structured time-varying uncertainty is a fundamental problem in control systems. This problem is still open because the available methods for robust analysis lead to nonconvex optimization whenever design variables are present. This paper proposes a novel approach that overcomes this difficulty. Specifically, continuous-time linear systems with polytopic time-varying uncertainty are considered. The basic problem consists of designing a robust static output feedback controller ensuring robust asymptotical stability. A novel approach is proposed through the introduction of robust stabilizability functions (RSFs), i.e., functions able to establish whether a controller is robustly asymptotically stabilizing. In particular, RSFs based on homogeneous polynomial Lyapunov functions (HPLFs) are searched for. The proposed approach requires the solution of two convex optimization problems with constraints expressed as linear matrix inequalities (LMIs). For any size of the LMIs, the proposed approach provides a sufficient condition for the existence of a sought controller. Moreover, this condition is also necessary when the size of the LMIs is large enough. Several extensions of the proposed methodology are presented, which deal with the synthesis of controllers ensuring desired decay rate, fixed-order dynamic output controllers, and controllers with the minimum norm.