A New Geometric Stability Margin for Feedback Systems

A New Geometric Stability Margin for Feedback Systems

Title : A New Geometric Stability Margin for Feedback Systems
Authors :
Bennett, William H
Baras, John, S.
Conference : The 24th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control pp. 519-526
Date: December 11 - December 13, 1985

This paper provides a new geometric concept for a stability margin for feedback control systems which is applicable for any number of inputs and outputs. The measure of stability margin employed has the advantage over standard measures of exposing certain additional internal stability properties of a feedback configuration employing dynamic compensation.

The stability margin is based on the essential topological features of an abstract Nyquist criterion proposed by Brockett and Byrnes. This abstract Nyquist criterion for multivariable systems involves the topology of intersections between certain pairs of subspaces of the direct sum of the system inputs and outputs. The measures employed here are derived from the idea of principal angles between a pair of subspaces.

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