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Global reconstruction of nonlinear systems from families of linear systems

Leith, D.J. and Leithead, W.E. (2002) Global reconstruction of nonlinear systems from families of linear systems. In: 15th Triennial World Congress of the International Federation of Automatic Control, 2002-07-21 - 2002-07-26.

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Abstract

This note concerns a fundamental issue in the modelling and realisation of nonlinear systems; namely, whether it is possible to uniquely reconstruct a nonlinear system from a suitable collection of transfer functions and, if so, under what conditions. It is established that a family of frozen-parameter linearisations may be associated with a class of nonlinear systems to provide an alternative realisation of such systems. Nevertheless, knowledge of only the inputoutput dynamics (transfer functions) of the frozen-parameter linearisations is insufficient to permit unique reconstruction of a nonlinear system. The difficulty with the transfer function family arises from the degree of freedom available in the choice of state-space realisation of each linearisation. Under mild structural conditions, it is shown that knowledge of a family of augmented transfer functions is sufficient to permit a large class of nonlinear systems to be uniquely reconstructed. Essentially, the augmented family embodies the information necessary to select state-space realisations for the linearisations which are compatible with one another and with the underlying nonlinear system. The results are constructive, with a state-space realisation of the nonlinear system associated with a transfer function family being obtained as the solution to a number of linear equations.