Decentralized Stabilization for Switched Large-Scale Nonlinear Systems via Sampled-Data Output Feedback

Shi Li, Choon Ki Ahn, Zhengrong Xiang

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This study investigates the output feedback sampled-data stabilization problem of a class of switched large-scale nonlinear systems with asynchronous switching and dead zones. Since only the system outputs are available at the sampled-data instants, a state observer is constructed to estimate the unmeasured state. To deal with nonlinear interconnections, a new decentralized sampled-data controller is designed. A novel average dwell-time constraint condition is derived to guarantee the considered system's stability in the presence of asynchronous switching. The proposed method's effectiveness is demonstrated by its application to a quadruple-tank process system.

Original languageEnglish
Article number8674830
Pages (from-to)4335-4343
Number of pages9
JournalIEEE Systems Journal
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Dec

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Manuscript received July 19, 2018; revised January 26, 2019; accepted March 2, 2019. Date of publication March 26, 2019; date of current version November 22, 2019. This work was supported in part by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant 61873128 and in part by the National Research Foundation of Korea through the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning under Grant NRF-2017R1A1A1A05001325. (Corresponding authors: Zhengrong Xiang and Choon Ki Ahn.) S. Li and Z. Xiang are with the School of Automation, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210094, China (e-mail:,;

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  • Decentralized control
  • large-scale systems
  • nonlinear systems
  • output feedback
  • sampled-data control
  • switched systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Information Systems
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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