Chapter 3:
Dynamic Response
Part E: Rouths Stability
Criterion
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Introduction
Goal: Determining whether the system is stable or unstable
from a characteristic equation in polynomial form without
actually solving for the roots.
Rouths stability criterion is useful for determining the
ranges of coefficients of polynomials for stability, especially
when the coefficients are in symbolic (nonnumerical) form
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A necessary condition for Routh
Stability
A necessary condition for stability of the system is that all of
the roots of its characteristic equation have negative real
parts, which in turn requires that all the coefficients be
positive.
A necessary (but not sufficient) condition for stability
is that all the coefficients of the polynomial
characteristic equation be positive.
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A necessary and sufficient condition
for Stability
Rouths formulation requires the computation of a
triangular array that is a function of the coefficients of the
polynomial characteristic equation.
A system is stable if and only if all the elements of
the first column of the Routh array are positive
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Characteristic Equation
Consider an nthorder system whose the characteristic
equation (which is also the denominator of the transfer
function) is:
0
0
1
1
2
2
1
1
s a s a s a s a s ) s ( a
n
n n n
+ + + + + =
5 3 1
1
4 2
:
1 :
a a a s
a a s
n
n
?!
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Routh array: method (contd)
Compute elements for the
3
rd
row:
* :
* :
* * :
:
:
:
1 :
0
1
2
3 2 1
3
3 2 1
2
5 3 1
1
4 2
s
s
s
c c c s
b b b s
a a a s
a a s
n
n
n
n
1
1 6 7
3
1
1 4 5
2
1
1 2 3
1
1
,
1
,
1
a
a a a
b
a
a a a
b
a
a a a
b
=
=
=
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Routh array: method (contd)
Compute elements for the
4
th
row:
* :
* :
* * :
:
:
:
1 :
0
1
2
3 2 1
3
3 2 1
2
5 3 1
1
4 2
s
s
s
c c c s
b b b s
a a a s
a a s
n
n
n
n
1
1 7 4 1
3
1
1 5 3 1
2
1
1 3 2 1
1
,
,
b
b a b a
c
b
b a b a
c
b
b a b a
c
=
=
=
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Example 1:
Given the characteristic equation,
is the system described by this characteristic equation stable?
Answer:
One coefficient (2) is negative.
Therefore, the system does not satisfy the necessary
condition for stability.
4 s 4 s s 2 s 3 s 4 s ) s ( a
2 3 4 5 6
+ + + + + =
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Example 2:
Given the characteristic equation,
is the system described by this characteristic equation stable?
Answer:
All the coefficients are positive and nonzero.
Therefore, the system satisfies the necessary condition for
stability.
We should determine whether any of the coefficients of the
first column of the Routh array are negative.
4 4 2 3 4 ) (
2 3 4 5 6
+ + + + + + = s s s s s s s a
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Example 2 (contd): Routh array
4 4 2 3 4 ) (
2 3 4 5 6
+ + + + + + = s s s s s s s a
? : s
? ? : s
? ? : s
? ? ? : s
? ? ? : s
0 4 2 4 : s
4 1 3 1 : s
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
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Example 2 (contd): Routh array
? :
? ? :
? ? :
? ? ? :
4 0 2 5 :
0 4 2 4 :
4 1 3 1 :
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
s
s
s
s
s
s
s
4 4 2 3 4 ) (
2 3 4 5 6
+ + + + + + = s s s s s s s a
2
5
4
10
4
4 3 2 1
=
0
4
0
4
4 1 4 1
= =
4
4
16
4
4 4 0 1
=
4 4 2 3 4 ) (
2 3 4 5 6
+ + + + + + = s s s s s s s a
2 ) 2 (
2 5
2 5 2 0 4
= =
5
12
5
20 32
2 5
2 5 4 4 4
=
4 4 2 3 4 ) (
2 3 4 5 6
+ + + + + + = s s s s s s s a
The elements of
the 1
st
column
are not all positive:
the system is unstable
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Example 3: Stability versus Parameter
Range
Consider a feedback system such as:
The stability properties of this system are a function of the
proportional feedback gain K. Determine the range of K
over which the system is stable.
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Example 3 (contd)
The characteristic equation for the system is given by:
0
) 6 )( 1 (
1
1 =
+
+
+
s s s
s
K
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Example 3 (contd)
Expressing the characteristic equation in polynomial form,
we obtain:
0 ) 6 ( 5
2 3
= + + + K s K s s
0
) 6 )( 1 (
1
1 =
+
+
+
s s s
s
K
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Example 3 (contd)
The corresponding Routh
array is:
Therefore, the system is
stable if and only if
K s K s s s a + + + = ) 6 ( 5 ) (
2 3
K s
K s
K s
K s
:
5 ) 30 4 ( :
5 :
6 1 :
0
1
2
3
5 . 7 K
0 K and 5 . 7 K
0 K and 0
5
30 K 4
>
> >
> >
\

+ +
) s )( s ( s
K
K
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Example 4 (contd)
Expressing the characteristic equation in polynomial form,
we obtain:
0 2 3
1
2 3
= + + + + K s ) K ( s s
0
2 1
1
1
1
=
+ +

.

\

+ +
) s )( s ( s
K
K
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Example 4 (contd)
The corresponding Routh
array is:
For stability, we must
have:
K s K s s s a + + + = ) 6 ( 5 ) (
2 3
1
0
1
1
1
2
3
3 3 6
3
2 1
K : s
) K K ( : s
K : s
K : s
+
+
2
3
0
1
1
> >
K
K and K
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Example 4: Allowable region for
Stability
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Example 4: Transient Response for the
System