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Control Theory State-Space method with derivative input

  1. Mar 29, 2015 #1

    I'm reading Ogata's Modern Control Engineering, and when he talks about the representation of a differential equation in state space he divides the method in two. The first one is when the input of the differential equation involves no derivative term, for example:


    The next step is doing it with a differential equation that has inputs that have derivatives. For example:


    He then mention that the state varibles will be

    x2=y'-β1u-β0u' and so on...

    I've tried finding a reason for this and the nearest I've come is the following PDF, which has errors:


    Anybody got an idea how that can be derived?
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  3. Mar 30, 2015 #2


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    note: this is not mine...

    Consider the third order differential transfer function:


    We start by multiplying by Z(s)/Z(s) and then solving for Y(s) and U(s) in terms of Z(s). We also convert back to a differential equation.


    We can now choose z and its first two derivatives as our state variables


    Now we just need to form the output


    Unfortunately, the third derivative of z is not a state variable or an input, so this is not a valid output equation. However, we can represent the term as a sum of state variables and outputs:




    From these results we can easily form the state space model:


    In this case, the order of the numerator of the transfer function was less than that of the denominator. If they are equal, the process is somewhat more complex.
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