Networked Predictive Control Systems
: Control Scheme and Robust Stability

  • Hua Ouyang

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


    Networked predictive control is a new research method for Networked Control Systems (NCS), which is able to handle network-induced problems such as time-delay, data dropouts, packets disorders, etc. while stabilizing the closed-loop system. This work is an extension and complement of networked predictive control methodology. There is always present model uncertainties or physical nonlinearity in the process of NCS.

    Therefore, it makes the study of the robust control of NCS and that of networked nonlinear control system (NNCS) considerably important. This work studied the following three problems: the robust control of networked predictive linear control systems, the control scheme for networked nonlinear control systems (NNCS) and the robust control of NNCS. The emphasis is on stability analysis and the design of robust control.

    This work adapted the two control schemes, namely, the time-driven and the event driven predictive controller for the implementation of NCS. It studied networked linear control systems and networked nonlinear control systems. Firstly, time-driven predictive controller is used to compensate for the networked-induced problems of a class of networked linear control systems while robustly stabilizing the closed-loop system. Secondly, event-driven predictive controller is applied to networked linear control system and NNCS and the work goes on to solve the robust control problem.

    The event-driven predictive controller brings great benefits to NCS implementation: it makes the synchronization of the clocks of the process and the controller unnecessary and it avoids measuring the exact values of the individual components of the network induced time-delay.

    This work developed the theory of stability analysis and robust synthesis of NCS and NNCS. The robust stability analysis and robust synthesis of a range of different system configurations have been thoroughly studied. A series of methods have been developed to handle the stability analysis and controller design for NCS and NNCS. The stability of the closed-loop of NCS has been studied by transforming it into that of a corresponding augmented system. It has been proved that if some equality conditions are satisfied then the closed-loop of NCS is stable for an upper-bounded random time delay and data dropouts. The equality conditions can be incorporated into a sub-optimal problem. Solving the sub-optimal problem gives the controller parameters and thus enables the synthesis of NCS.

    To simplify the calculation of solving the controller parameters, this thesis developed the relationship between networked nonlinear control system and a class of uncertain linear feedback control system. It proves that the controller parameters of some types of networked control system can be equivalently derived from the robust control of a class of uncertain linear feedback control system.

    The methods developed in this thesis for control design and robustness analysis have been validated by simulations or experiments.
    Date of AwardJun 2007
    Original languageEnglish
    SupervisorGuoping Liu (Supervisor)


    • Network Control Systems
    • NCS
    • Networked Predictive Control
    • stability analysis
    • design of robust control
    • Networked Nonlinear Control Systems
    • NNCS

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