Adaptive prescribed performance control of nonlinear systems with unknown dead zone

Jing Na*

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An alternative adaptive control with prescribed performance is proposed to address the output tracking of nonlinear systems with a nonlinear dead zone input. An appropriate function that characterizes the convergence rate, maximum overshoot, and steady-state error is adopted and incorporated into an output error transformation, and thus the stabilization of the transformed system is sufficient to achieve original tracking control with prescribed performance. The nonlinear dead zone is represented as a time-varying system and Nussbaum-type functions are utilized to deal with the unknown control gain dynamics. A novel high-order neural network with a scalar adaptive weight is developed to approximate unknown nonlinearities, thus the computational costs can be diminished dramatically. Some restrictive assumptions on the system dynamics and the dead-zone are circumvented. Simulations are included to validate the effectiveness of the proposed scheme.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)426-446
Number of pages21
JournalInternational Journal of Adaptive Control and Signal Processing
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2013


  • adaptive control
  • dead zone
  • neural network
  • nonlinear system
  • prescribed performance


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