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COD measurements

H.O. Mndez-Acosta , J.P. Garca-Sandoval, V. Gonzlez-lvarez, V. Alcaraz-Gonzlez, J.A. Juregui-Juregui

Departamento de Ingeniera Qumica, CUCEI-Universidad de Guadalajara, Blvd. M. Garca Barragn 1451, C.P. 44430, Guadalajara, Jal., Mexico

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Article history: A sampled delayed scheme is proposed to regulate the organic pollution level in anaerobic digestion pro-

Received 4 March 2011 cesses by using off-line COD measurements. The proposed scheme is obtained by combining an error

Received in revised form 12 May 2011 feedback control with a steady state estimator to track constant references and attenuate process load

Accepted 18 May 2011

disturbances. The controller performance is tested experimentally for the treatment of tequila vinasses

Available online 27 May 2011

over a period of 68 days under different set-point values and several uncertain scenarios which include

badly known kinetic parameters and load disturbances. Experimental results show that the COD concen-

Keywords:

tration can be effectively regulated under the inuence of set-point changes and high load disturbances

Anaerobic digestion

Bioprocess optimization

by using only a daily off-line COD measurement, which makes the industrial application of the proposed

Sampled delayed control control scheme feasible.

Wastewater treatment 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Tequila vinasses

1. Introduction Over the past decade, the regulation of the organic pollution

level has been addressed by proposing different control algorithms

Anaerobic digestion (AD) has regained the interest of the waste- (Ahring and Angelidaki, 1997; Schogerl, 2001; Mndez-Acosta

water treatment scientic and industrial community to reduce the et al., 2004, 2005; Alcaraz-Gonzlez et al., 2005; Olsson et al.,

organic pollution level from industrial and municipal efuents be- 2005; Steyer et al., 2006). In fact, a summary of the advantages

cause of their low initial and operational costs, smaller space and drawbacks of several control schemes when applied to AD pro-

requirements, high organic removal efciency and low sludge pro- cesses has been recently reported by Steyer et al. (2006) who have

duction. In addition, AD has an extra energy benet through the shown that, most of these control laws have been based in contin-

production of biogas. However, its widespread application has uous control approaches that required continuous or, at least, fast

been limited because of the difculties involved in achieving the enough measurements (which can be approached to a continuous

efcient operation of these processes. This is why actual research measurement) in order to be implemented, a condition which is

aims not only to extend the application of AD, but also to optimize not always possible to satisfy in practice because of technological

and increase the robustness of these processes. Thus, the imple- or cost restrictions. The practical implementation of such control

mentation of appropriate, carefully designed and efcient control schemes is further compounded by the long time delays induced

strategies for AD processes has become a very important research by the sample processing (which include the off-line sampling rate,

area during the last years. sample preparation and laboratory analysis). Thus, a sampled de-

It is well known that, in order to guarantee the so-called oper- layed control scheme is devised here to cope with the aforemen-

ational stability (Hill et al., 1987) and to avoid the eventual break- tioned control problems, while taking into account all the system

down of AD processes, the organic matter in the liquid phase must information as it is available. The proposed control scheme is

be kept within a set of predetermined values, which depend on fac- designed and applied in the treatment of tequila vinasses to regu-

tors such as the reactor conguration and the characteristics of the late the organic pollution level measured as chemical oxygen de-

wastewater to be treated (Ahring and Angelidaki, 1997). However, mand (COD) by using the dilution rate as the control input. The

the complex nonlinear and nonstationary nature of the AD process, paper is organized as follows. First, the considered AD model used

the feed composition overloads, and the presence of toxic and in the controller design is briey described. Later, the control

inhibitory compounds enhance the control problems that are asso- scheme is proposed and tested experimentally in an up-ow

ciated to the regulation of the organic pollution level. xed-bed reactor (FBR) used for the treatment of tequila vinasses.

Then, the controller performance and its robustness are evaluated

Corresponding author. Tel.: +52 33 13785900; fax: +52 33 39425924. under different operating conditions and uncertain scenarios.

E-mail address: hugo.mendez@cucei.udg.mx (H.O. Mndez-Acosta). Finally, some concluding remarks are given.

0960-8524/$ - see front matter 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Z d

2. Methods

Ad0 eA0 d ; Bd0 eA0 k dkB0 ; C d0 C 0 ;

0

2.1. AD model Z 1ed

Bd1;0 eA0 k dkB0 ; Bd2;0 Bd0 Bd1;0 3

0

In this work, a simplied version of the mass-balance model

proposed by Bernard et al. (2001) is used in the controller design. where A0 @f =@xx;u;kxss ;uss ;0 ; B0 @f =@ux;u;kxss ;uss ;0 and C 0

This model has been widely used for monitoring and control pur- @h=@xx;kxss ;0 . Then, from the robust regulation theory (Isidori,

poses due to its simplicity and its capability to represent the 1995; Garca-Sandoval et al., 2007) and by assuming that the pairs

dynamics of various continuous AD bioreactors. Then, without loss

Ad0 Bd0

of generality, the dynamics of the total soluble COD concentration Ad0 ; Bd1;0 and Ad ; C d Ad , where Ad and

0 I

in continuous AD processes operating under isothermal conditions

C d C d0 0 are controllable and observable, respectively; a

can be described by the following equations:

local solution for the proposed delayed output discrete robust reg-

X_ lST aDX ulation problem can be obtained by using the following discrete

0

1 controller

S_ T ST;in ST D k lST X

bn j nj Gd1 C d0 nj ej 4

where X (g/L) denotes the microorganisms population involved in

bf j fj Gd2 C d0 nj ej 5

the AD process, D (1/d) is the dilution rate, while ST and ST;in

(gCOD/L) are the total soluble COD concentration at the process nj1 Ad0 bx j Bd0 bf j Bd1;0 uj Bd2;0 uj1 6

efuent and inuent, respectively. lST (1/d) represents the spe-

cic growth rate of the bacterial population given by a Monod type

fj1 bf j 7

uj K d b

n j bf j

0

function and k (gCOD/g X) is the yield coefcient related to the deg- j 1; 2; 3; . . . 8

radation rate of the total soluble COD. Finally, a represents the frac-

tion of microorganisms that is not xed on the bed, and therefore, where uj is the discrete input applied to the nonlinear system (2)

may be affected by the dilution effect. Thus, it is evident that by set- between jd < t 6 j 1d, nj and fj represent the regulation error

ting a = 1, Model (1) describes the dynamics of a Continuous Stirred and the steady state input estimators, while b

n j and b

f j are their up-

Tank Reactor (CSTR) where the biomass is completely suspended in date values when the regulation error ej is available. K d and

the liquid phase. Moreover, it has been shown that with 0 < a < 1, T

Gd GTd1 GTd2 are such that the matrices Ad0 Bd0 K d and

Model (1) can be successfully used to describe the dynamics of

uidized-bed and xed-bed bioreactors (Escudie et al., 2005). Ad Gd C d Ad are Schur (i.e., all its eigenvalues lie within the uni-

tary circle). Thus, given the existence of the symmetrical matrices

2.2. Controller design Q > 0 and M > 0, a sufcient condition to guarantee the stability

of the proposed discrete controller (4)(8) is that the following

2.2.1. Basic concepts Linear Matrix Inequalities (LMIs) hold

First, let us consider the following nonlinear system !

T M WT0 Q W1

W 0Q W0 Q 2M 6 0; >0 9

_

xt f xt; ut; k WT1 Q W0 M WT1 Q W1

2

et hxt s; r; k

where

where x 2 Rn and u 2 R are the state and input process variables, 0 1

respectively. k 2 Rp denotes an uncertain parameter vector which Ad0 Bd1;0 K d Bd1;0 K d Bd1;0

B C

may take values in a neighborhood } 2 Rp of the system nominal W0 @ 0 Ad0 Gd1 C d0 Ad0 Bd0 Gd1 C d0 Ad0 A

values. r represents a constant reference signal, while e describes 0 Gd2 C d0 Ad0 1 Gd2 C d0 Ad0

the delayed regulation error given by the difference between the

0 1

system output and the reference signal, with s as a constant delay. Bd2;0 K d Bd2;0 K d Bd2;0

It is also considered that the output signal is acquired with a sam- B C

W1 @ 0 0 0 A

pling period, d, which may be bigger than the acquisition delay (i.e.,

0 0 0

s ed for 0 < e < 1). Then, the delayed output discrete robust reg-

ulation problem can be stated as follows. Find, if possible, a feed-

Eqs. (4) and (5) render the state controller updates at each sampling

back dynamic discrete controller with sampling period d, such

instant used to generate the control input (8), while by using (6)

that, for all admissible parameters values e and k around the system

and (7), it is possible to predict the next states of the controller. This

nominal values, the following conditions are met:

updating procedure takes advantage of the measurements as they

are readily available. The solution and existence of the LMIs (9)

Stability. The solution of the closed-loop system, without distur-

guarantee the system stability regardless of the output delay. Then,

bances but with parametric variations at the sampling

n 2 Rn and its update b n, represent an observer for x, while f 2 R and

instant goes asymptotically to zero.

its update b f are used to calculate the required steady-state input. A

Regulation. For each initial condition of both the process and the more detailed discussion about the results summarized in this

controller in a neighborhood of the origin, the solu- section can be found in the Appendix.

tion of the closed-loop system under the inuence

of disturbances and parametric variations must 2.2.2. Sampled delayed COD control

guarantee limt!1 et 0. By following the previously described ideas, a robust sampled

delayed control can be designed to regulate the organic pollution

Now, let us consider the following matrices Ad0 ; Bd0 and C d0 , level in AD processes by using off-line COD measurements. Thus,

which are the discretized nominal matrices of the linear approxi- from model (1), the linear matrices around the process nominal

mation of the nonlinear system (2), i.e., values are given by

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lST;r 1 k0 H k 0

1 described in the following section. A remotely controllable peristal-

A0 ; B0 ST;in ST;r 0 ; tic pump was connected to the dilution tank to ensure the desired

a H 0 1=k

C0 1 0 inuent ow rate. Fresh substrate was mixed with the recycled

liquid just before entering the reactor in order to ensure homoge-

lST;r

where H ST;in ST;r k0KlS S2 and lST;r lm ST;r =K S ST;r . neous conditions. The process efuent was collected by overow

m T;r

Then, depending on the set-point value, matrices K d and Gd are cal- in a receiving vessel. The digester temperature was regulated at

culated in order to guarantee that matrices Ad0 Bd0 K d and 35 1 C by using an immersion circulator and water as heat trans-

fer liquid which was conducted through the digester jacket.

Ad Gd C d Ad are Schur and that the LMIs dened in (9) are

fullled. 2.3.3. On-line measurements

The digester was fully instrumented and automated, allowing

2.3. Experimental set-up the on-line measurement of variables such as pH, temperature,

pressure and the biogas and wastewater ow rates. A National

2.3.1. On the inuent characteristics Instruments cRIO9004 device equipped with analogical and digi-

Experiments were performed by using raw tequila vinasses as tal cards was used in the acquisition, treatment and storage of the

substrate. Tequila vinasses were collected from a cooling reservoir data. This device also included the appropriate ports and capabili-

in a tequila factory located at La Laja-Jalisco, Mexico. It is impor- ties that allow the remote monitoring and control of the process

tant to remark that around 95% of the total COD is soluble in this from an internet connection. The programming of this device

type of efuents. Additional characteristics of the tequila vinasses was carried out by using the LabVIEW 8.2 software.

used in this work are listed in Table 1.

2.3.4. Off-line measurements

Additionally to the previously described on-line measurements,

2.3.2. The AD process off-line measurements were also performed during this work. The

The schematic layout of the tequila vinasses treatment used in COD was determined by the closed reux colorimetric method by

this work is shown in Fig. 1. The AD process was carried out in an using the HACH digester DBR200 and the spectrophotometer

up-ow xed-bed digester, which was made of Polyvinyl Chloride DR2800. It is important to remark that the COD determined during

(PVC) with an effective volume of 2.8 L. The support used consists the experiments corresponds to the soluble COD because: (a) most

of three PVC tubes (30 cm length, 5 cm diameter) with an inner of the COD present in Tequila vinasses is soluble and (b) a possible

cross shaped plates that increase the surface area available for bio- contribution of washed out biomass in the COD measurement is

lm attachment. The rst part of the process is conformed by a 6 L eliminated. Partial (PA), total (TA) and intermediate (IA) alkalini-

dilution tank, where known volumes of tap water and raw vinasses ties as well as bicarbonate (B) were also determined according to

can be mixed in different proportions allowing the manipulation of Ripley et al. (1986). Volatile Fatty Acids (VFA) were measured with

the inuent COD concentration. At this point, the vinasses pH was a HPLC Watters 600 using a 2487-Absorbance detector with a wave

regulated between 6.5 and 7.0 by adding a NaOH solution through length of 204 nm and the Alltech colon OA-1000 which is special

an offon control scheme, which is computed by the control device for organic acids. HPLC operating conditions were the following:

mobile phase, sulphuric acid 0.01 N; mobile phase ow rate,

0.8 mL/min and column temperature, 60 C. These operating condi-

Table 1

tions allow the detection of acetic, propionic, butyric, isobutyric

Characteristics of the industrial tequila vinasses.

and valeric acids in a concentration range from 0 to 25 g/L by each

Component Value (g/L) acid. Finally, the biogas composition was determined by gas chro-

pH, 25 C 35 matography using a Perkin Elmer AutoSystem XL with a TCD detec-

Biochemical oxygen demand (BOD) 1324 tor and an Alltech packed colon Hayesep D 100/120. The operating

Total chemical oxygen demand (COD) 2850

conditions used by the chromatograph were the following: carrier

Total suspended solids (TSS) 12

Volatile suspended solids (VSS) 9.8 gas, nitrogen; pressure of 386 kPa; temperature of the injector,

Total Volatile Fatty Acids CH3 COOH 2.53.4 120 C; temperature of the detector, 100 C and oven temperature,

60 C. The samples used to determine the inuent composition

Fig. 1. Schematic view of the AD process used in the treatment of tequila vinasses.

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were taken from the dilution tank, while the efuent samples were

withdrawn from the recycling loop.

The proposed control scheme was tested during 68 days in the

previously described AD process used for the treatment of Tequila

vinasses. Such a scheme was implemented by using a sampling

rate of 1 day and a sampling processing delay of 5 h which is the

time needed to determine the COD concentration of the sample

by the HACH methodology (i.e., d = 1 day and s = 5 h). The inlet

ow rate was used as manipulated variable q = DV, where

V is the effective bioreactor volume. A remotely controllable

peristaltic pump was connected to the dilution tank to ensure

the desired inuent ow rate, which was constrained in order to

avoid undesired effects such as the washout phenomena, i.e.,

q 2 14:5; 151:7 mL=h .

In order to show the controller response in the face of paramet-

ric uncertainties, the nominal values used during the experimental

run were those reported by Alcaraz-Gonzlez et al. (2005) for the

anaerobic treatment of red wine distillery vinasses: lm

1 0

1:30 d , K S 3:72 gCOD=L; k 86:2 gCOD=gX and a = 0.3. The

performance and robustness of the proposed control scheme were

evaluated in the face of different set-point changes and load distur-

bances. Thus, three set-point changes between 1.5 and 2.5 gCOD/L

were induced at time t = 0, 15 and 45 days.

On the other hand, since the composition of the tequila vinasses

Fig. 2. (a) Inuent soluble COD concentration. (b) Inlet ow rate computed by the

can change drastically from company to company and even from control scheme. (c) Response of the efuent soluble COD concentration under the

batch to batch in the same company, different uncertain load inuence of the sampled delayed control.

disturbances were induced by choosing a nominal inuent COD

concentration ST;r 30 gCOD=L, while diluted vinasses (50% vin-

asses50% water) were fed to the digester during the rst 30 days

practical approach because besides the considerable sampling

resulting in an inuent COD concentration around 20 gCOD/L.

time, it allows the use of delayed off-line measurements. Even

Finally, at day 30, additionally to the load disturbances induced

when the mathematical stability of this control law has been for-

by the composition change of the vinasses from batch to batch, a

mally developed in Section 2.2 and Appendix A, the excellent

bigger load disturbance was induced by feeding raw vinasses

results shown in Fig. 2c can be also explained under a practical

reaching an inuent COD concentration close to 35 gCOD/L.

point of view by the fact that the time scale for COD determination

is much less than the time for the process development in the AD.

3. Results and discussion Hence, there will be enough time for automatic feed-back (or even

manually by an operator) which makes this proposed controller

The dynamic response of the efuent COD concentration under suitable for small and medium size industries that often lack on-

the inuence of the sampled delayed control is depicted in Fig. 2c. line and expensive laboratory equipment.

Clearly, the proposed control scheme was able to regulate the COD Recent studies have highlighted the importance of preserving

concentration around the desired set-point values. Notice the the operational stability in AD processes (Mndez-Acosta et al.,

excellent performance of the proposed control scheme in both 2010). One of the most well known and accepted practical stability

cases, the set-point tracking and the load disturbance rejection, criteria for AD processes is that proposed by Ripley et al. (1986),

with a quite fast controller response regardless of the daily sam- who found that the successful digester operation occurs when

mEq=L

pling rate and the lack of the exact knowledge of the process nom- the ratio IA/PA, known as alkalinity factor, is less than 0:35 mEq=L .

inal values (i.e., parametric uncertainties). It is worth noticing that Fig. 3b depicts the behavior of the alkalinity factor during the

the controller needed just one sampling period to drive the process whole 68 day run. As seen, such alkalinity factor was kept below

close to the new reference after a set-point change was introduced the operational stability limit (see dotted-line) during most of

during the experimental run and just two sampling periods in or- the experimental run due to the control effort of the proposed

der to reject the load disturbance induced at day 30 by feeding raw scheme. The excellent features of the control scheme were fully

vinasses. tested when pure vinasses were fed to the digester at day 30. This

On the other hand, Fig. 2b illustrates the behavior of the manip- load disturbance drove the system towards instability for a rather

ulated variable, the inlet ow rate q, which never saturated neither short period of time but was corrected by the controller after only

when a set-point change was induced in the experimental run nor three sampling periods.

by the load disturbance caused by feeding pure vinasses to the Another important variable that is closely linked to the opera-

reactor. Although the control law was recalculated on a daily basis, tional stability of AD processes is the VFA concentration. Fig. 3a

the behavior of the inuent ow rate was quite smooth. This shows the response of the total VFA concentration measured as

behavior is a desirable feature from a practical point of view, in or- acetic acid (HAc). As expected, once the efuent COD concentration

der to guarantee safe operating conditions and increase the life- was regulated, the total VFA concentration was also regulated

time of the feeding pump. Furthermore, by taking into account since the total efuent COD concentration is mainly composed by

the technological and cost restrictions that may be involved for the VFA produced during the AD process and other than VFA solu-

having on-line COD measurements, the use of this discrete control ble COD. Because of the control action, the total VFA concentration

law for regulating the COD concentration represents a useful and was maintained at low values during the experimental run

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(a) (b)

(c) (d)

Fig. 3. Response of the (a) total VFA concentration, (b) alkalinity factor, (c) biogas production and (d) biogas composition under the effect of the proposed control scheme.

< 800 mgHAc=L preserving the AD operational stability. Note, in (1.5 gCOD/L). This result may be explained by the fact that the ap-

particular, at day 30 also when pure vinasses were fed to the plied organic loading rate (OLR) was higher during the rst set-

digester. As a result of this drastic load change, the VFA concentra- point (17.2 gCOD/L d) than that used in the third set-point

tion exhibited a sudden increase that affected the process stability. (12.9 gCOD/L d). Finally, the biogas composition is depicted in

Nevertheless, after two sampling periods, the control scheme was Fig. 3d. As seen, the methane composition was kept around 70%

able to reject this disturbance driving the total VFA concentration during the whole controller implementation but dropped to a low-

back to the previous safe conditions. These results also indicate er methane percentage when pure vinasses were fed to the diges-

the excellent adaptation of the microbial consortium in severe ter at day 30. However, the proposed controller was able to drive

and hard conditions and particularly during and after the strong the methane composition back to the previous conditions.

load disturbance at day 30, when the digester was fed with pure

vinasses.

4. Conclusions

Here, it is important to remark that although the proposed con-

troller was originally devised to regulate the COD concentration, it

A sampled delayed control scheme for the regulation of the

was capable to maintain the VFA concentration under stable condi-

organic pollution level in AD processes was proposed and experi-

tions preserving the so-called operational stability of the AD pro-

mentally evaluated in a FBR used for the treatment of tequila vin-

cess. However, the variable composition of the inuent vinasses

asses. The controller yields robustness in the face of parametric

and the complex nature of the AD process call for a detailed anal-

uncertainties, load disturbances, and variable set-points by using

ysis of the control problem prior to the design and development of

only a daily off-line COD measurement. The proposed scheme is

the proper controller. For instance, even under stable COD concen-

particularly encouraging to scale it up to industrial applications

tration conditions, one should pay attention to the excessive accu-

because: (a) its simple structure is easy to implement, (b) expen-

mulation of VFA which causes the biomass wash-out and the

sive on-line sensors are not required and (c) neither the exact

eventual breakdown of the bioreactor. One should expect further

knowledge of the inuent composition nor the process kinetics

process failures if the control design does not take into account

are also required.

the effect of inuent toxic and/or inhibitory compounds (even in

small quantities) on the process stability. Therefore, the proposal

Acknowledgements

and implementation of control schemes based in the here pro-

posed methodology but focused on the process stability will be

This work was supported by Projects 25927/CONACyT-CB/

an interesting case for future works (Mndez-Acosta et al., 2010;

J50282-Y, 116655/CONACyT-FORDECyT and PROMEP/103.5/08/

Ward et al., 2011).

2919.

To complete the picture, Fig. 3c shows the biogas produced un-

der the effect of the proposed robust control approach. It is well

known that the biogas production is a key variable to determine Appendix A. Mathematical results useful in the controller

the AD efciency and can be related to the COD and VFA degrada- design

tion. Notice that the biogas production was lower during the third

set-point change compared to that reached during the rst set- Let us consider the existence of mappings xss pr; l, and

point even when the efuent COD was regulated at the same value uss cr; l which solve the equations

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0 hpr; k; r; l 10b Z Z

ds d

for all admissible values of l }, with p0; l 0 and c0; l 0, Bd0;1 eA0 k B0 dk and Bd0;2 eA0 k B0 dk

0 ds

both dened in a neighborhood of the origin of r; l 0; 0. Notice

that pr; k denes the state vector for the zero output submanifold Thus, the discrete linear approximation of system (11)-(13 ) using

of system (2), while cr; l is the necessary input to make invariant input (8) is the following

this submanifold. Notice that this input depends only on the

xd k 1 Ad0 xd k Bd0 zd k Bd0;1 K d nd k

reference, r, and on the uncertain parameter vector; therefore, it 18

fd k Bd0;2 K d nd k 1 fd k 1

is constant and can be generated from the dynamic system

z_ 0; cr; l z. By dening

Now, if one considers the deviation of the steady state !

xt xt pr; k, by using the central manifold theory one may nd k xd k nd k

#d k

nd a suitable mathematical model of system (2) which is given by fd k zd k fd k

xt A0 xt B0 zt B0 ut f2 xt; k 11 since x xd k and z

d k d k zd k, the dynamics of #d is given by

z_ t 0 12

et C 0 xt s h2 xt s; r; k 13 #d k I Gd C d #d k 19

where #d k 1 Ad #d k 20

@f @f @h where Ad and C d are dened in (3). Then, by taking (19) to the next

A0 ; B0 and C 0 sampling instant and by substituting (20), the following expression

@x 0;0 @u 0;0 @x 0

is obtained

while f2 and h2 contain the second or higher order terms, which

vanish at the origin with their rst order derivatives. z 2 R repre- #d k 1 I Gd C d Ad #d k 21

sents an immersion of the steady state input, cr; l. As can be seen,

(11)(13) is an extended representation of system (2) since the Therefore, if Gd renders Schur the matrix Ad Gd C d Ad , then

immersion (12), which renders the steady state input cr; k, was limk!1 #

d k 0, which implies that nd k and fd k of the proposed

Let us recall that the discrete output is sampled with a period d To verify that the stability condition is fullled with the pro-

at time t kd, for k 0; 1; 2; . . ., but is available after a delay s ed posed controller, let us dene #

d k col xd k; nd k; fd k . Thus,

at time tk k ed, i.e., from (18) and (19) it holds that

et k hxkd; r; l : ed k #d k 1 W0 #d k W1 #d k 1 22

then at time t k , it is possible to estimate the values of xkd where W0 and W1 are described in Section 2.2.1. Notice

that K d and

xt k s and zkd zt k s by using ed k in a discrete observer. Gd render Schur the matrices Ad0 Bd1;0 K d and Ad Gd C d Ad ,

The discretized version of the linear approximation of (11)-(13) respectively. Then, W0 is also Schur and by dening the Lyapunov

from one sampling instant to the next (i.e., from t kd to function

t k 1d) is

V #T T

d kP#d k #d k 1Q #d k 1

Z d

xd k 1 Ad0 xd k Bd0 zd k eA0 k B0 ukd d kdk 14 the increment of V is given by

0

DV #T T

d k 1P#d k 1 #d kP Q#d k

zd k 1 zd k 15

#T

d k 1Q #d k 1

ed k C 0 xd k 16 T T

#T T

d kW0 P W0 P Q#d k #d k 1W1 P W0 #d k

where xd k xkd, zd k zkd, T T

#T T

d kW0 P W1 #d k 1 #d k 1W1 P W1 #d k 1

Z d

Ad0 eA0 d ; Ud eUd and Bd0 eA0 k B0 dk 17 Thus, if the rst LMI in (9) holds, the following inequality also holds

0 !T

#d k

Notice that in order to calculate the integral in (14), it is necessary DV

to know the behavior of the input from t kd to t k 1d. Thus, #d k 1 #d k

! !

if the controller (4)(8) is used, it is evident that (4) and (5) perform Q WT0 PW1 #d k

the updating values of nd and fd at time t k k ed when the out-

WT1 PW0 Q WT1 PW1 #d k 1 #d k

put is available. Therefore, for kd t < k 1d the input (8) is

equal to Furthermore, if the second LMI of (9) is satised, it can be guaran-

( teed that DV < 0. As a consequence, system (22) is asymptotically

K d nd k 1 fd k 1 if kd t < kd s stable, guaranteeing that the proposed discrete controller (4)(8)

ut

K d nd k fd k if kd s t < k 1d stabilizes the nonlinear system (2) in a neighborhood of the origin.

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