Synchronization of Networks of Piecewise-Smooth Systems

Marco Coraggio, Pietro Delellis, S. John Hogan, Mario Di Bernardo

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We study convergence in networks of piecewise-smooth (PWS) systems that commonly arise in applications to model dynamical systems whose evolution is affected by macroscopic events such as switches and impacts. Existing approaches were typically oriented toward guaranteeing global bounded synchronizability, local stability of the synchronization manifold, or achieving synchronization by exerting a control action on each node. Here we start by generalizing existing results on QUAD systems to the case of PWS systems, accounting for a large variety of nonlinear coupling laws. Then, we propose that a discontinuous coupling can be used to guarantee global synchronizability of a network of N PWS agents under mild assumptions on the individual dynamics. We provide extensive numerical simulations to gain insights on larger networks.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)653-658
Number of pages6
JournalIEEE Control Systems Letters
Issue number4
Early online date7 Jun 2018
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2018


  • Switched systems
  • network analysis
  • control

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