Co-Design of Lipschitz Nonlinear Systems

Prasad Vilas Chanekar, Nikhil Chopra

Empirical experiences have shown that simultaneous (rather than conventional sequential) plant and controller design procedure leads to an improvement in performance and saving of plant resources. Such a simultaneous synthesis procedure is called as "co-design". In this letter we study the co-design problem for a class of Lipschitz nonlinear dynamical systems having a quadratic control objective and state-feedback controller. We propose a novel time independent reformulation of the co-design optimization problem whose constraints ensure stability of the system. We also present a gradient-based co-design solution procedure which involves system coordinate transformation and whose output is provably stable solution for the original system. We show the efficacy of the solution procedure through co-design of a single-link robot.

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