Improved algorithm for computing the domain of attraction of rational nonlinear systems

Péter Polcz, Tamás Péni, Gábor Szederkényi

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An improved method for computing a bounded estimate of the domain of attraction (DOA) of locally asymptotically stable uncertain rational nonlinear system models is proposed in this paper. The approach is based on the previous work of Trofino and Dezuo (2013). Using linear fractional transformation and an additional simplification step, we give a novel automatic method for generating the rational terms to be considered in the Lyapunov function, which satisfy the requirements for system representation. Moreover, we give an algorithm for computing the so-called maximal annihilators, which contain the maximum number of linearly independent rows corresponding to a given feasibility domain. As the illustrative examples show, the proposed method effectively reduces the size of the resulting optimization problem without increasing the conservatism of the DOA computation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-67
Number of pages15
JournalEuropean Journal of Control
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2018



  • Domain of attraction
  • Linear matrix inequalities
  • Lyapunov functions
  • Nonlinear systems
  • Stability
  • Uncertain systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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