Accession Number:

ADA439899

Title:

Control and Stabilization of a Class of Nonlinear Systems With Symmetry

Descriptive Note:

Doctoral thesis

Corporate Author:

HARVARD UNIV BOSTON MA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1998-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

155.0

Abstract:

The focus of this dissertation is to study issues related to controllability and stabilization of a class of underactuated mechanical systems with symmetry. In particular we look at systems whose configuration can be identified with a Lie group and the reduced equations are of the Lie-Poisson type. Examples of such systems include hovercraft, spacecraft and autonomous underwater vehicles. We present sufficient conditions for the controllability of affine nonlinear control systems where the drift vector field is a Lie-Poisson reduced Hamiltonian vector field. In this setting we show that depending on the existence of a radially unbounded Lyapunov type function, the drift vector field of the reduced system is weakly positively Poisson stable. The weak positive Poisson stability along with the Lie algebra rank condition is used to show controllability. These controllability results are then extended to the unreduced dynamics. Sufficient conditions for controllability are presented in both cases where the symmetry group is compact and noncompact.

Subject Categories:

  • Theoretical Mathematics
  • Machinery and Tools

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE