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# Neuro-Based Higher Order Sliding Mode Control for Perturbed Nonlinear Systems

1 Computer Engineering Department, Prince Sattam Bin Abdelaziz University, Alkharj, 24567, KSA

2 Department of Computers and Control Engineering, Tanta University, Tanta, 13457, Egypt

* Corresponding Author: Ahmed M. Elmogy. Email:

*Intelligent Automation & Soft Computing* **2023**, *36*(1), 385-400. https://doi.org/10.32604/iasc.2023.032349

**Received** 15 May 2022; **Accepted** 17 June 2022; **Issue published** 29 September 2022

## Abstract

One of the great concerns when tackling nonlinear systems is how to design a robust controller that is able to deal with uncertainty. Many researchers have been working on developing such type of controllers. One of the most efficient techniques employed to develop such controllers is sliding mode control (SMC). However, the low order SMC suffers from chattering problem which harm the actuators of the control system and thus unsuitable to be used in many practical applications. In this paper, the drawbacks of low order traditional sliding mode control (FOTSMC) are resolved by presenting a novel adaptive radial basis function neural network–based generalized*r*

^{th}order sliding mode control strategy for n

^{th}order uncertain nonlinear systems. The proposed solution adopts neural networks for their excellent capability in function approximation and thus used to approximate the nonlinearities and uncertainties for systems under consideration. The approximation errors are completely considered in the developed approach. The proposed approach can be used with any order of sliding mode and thus can be generally used with various types of applications. The global stability of the proposed control approach is proved through Lyapunov stability criterion. The proposed approach is validated and assessed through simulations on the nonlinear inverted pendulum system with severe modeling uncertainties. The simulations results show that the proposed approach provide superior performance compared with other approaches in the literature.

## Keywords

One of the most challenging problems while dealing with nonlinear systems is uncertainty [1,2]. This uncertainty occurs in system dynamics, system parameter variations and external perturbations [1–3]. The uncertainties may also occur due to un-modeled high frequency dynamics, and neglected nonlinearities in constructing the system mathematical model [4,5]. These uncertainties usually lead to the degraded performance of control systems and sometimes to instability [1–3].

Developing robust controllers for nonlinear systems is a great concern of many researchers over decades especially for real-time control systems [6,7]. A robust controller is the controller which has the ability to function properly even in the existence of uncertainties in system parameters or disturbances. Many methods have been adopted to develop such robust controllers [1,2,6,7]. One of the most popular and effective methods is sliding mode control (SMC) [8,9]. The most powerful advantage of the sliding mode strategy is its ability to work effectively even in the existence of uncertainties and external perturbations. Thus, SMC method is insensitive to changes in system parameters, and perturbations. However, the sliding mode strategy sometimes has chattering which is harmful to the actuators of the control system.

Generally, the design of the SMC controller follows two main steps. The first step is the choice of a sliding surface on which the system trajectory is confined to lie and thus the parameters of this surface will govern the performance of the control system. The second step is to determine an efficient control law that forces the system states to reach the sliding surface from any initial state. In order to assure the system stability, the upper bound of uncertainties must be obtained precisely which cannot be guaranteed. Furthermore, chattering occurs due to the sign function in the overall control.

As a result of the efficiency of SMC in handling uncertainties and nonlinearities of systems, it has been the focus of many researchers over decades. SMC has been successfully applied in many applications. These applications include but are not restricted to space crafts [10,11], time delayed control systems [12,13], and power systems [14,15]. The main power of adopting SMC in these nonlinear systems is its robustness against the structures and unstructured uncertainties and external disturbances that exist in these practical systems. However, the SMC is not without disadvantages. The chattering problem is the main problem of using SMC which may lead to undesirable performance and even instability of the control systems. Thus, many research efforts have been thoroughly seen in the literature trying to achieve the optimal performance of SMC of nonlinear systems [8,16–18].

Recently, many attempts have been seen trying to overcome the chattering problem while using the SMC methodology in nonlinear control systems [19–22]. Many researchers have used the conventional first order sliding mode control techniques with updated control functions [23,24]. They used continuous functions like a sigmoid function instead of the intermittent control function. Nevertheless, using such method affects the robustness of the SMC technique to disturbances as it restricts the system’s trajectories to the vicinity of the sliding surface. Thus, many efforts have thought about higher order SMC techniques that keep the system robustness in the presence of disturbances by forcing the system’s variables and their derivatives to follow the sliding surface [25–28]. Working with higher order SM controllers is very challenging and still open to further developments.

Several second order SMC solutions are developed for nonlinear systems [9,16,18]. Twisting and supertwisting algorithms are among the well-known solutions [16,19,21,27,29]. However, these algorithms are constrained with the necessary knowledge of the time derivative of the sliding variables’ which is unluckily not always available. In order to get adequate controller gains’ values, the time derivative of the sliding variable should be bounded. On the other hand, various adaptive SMC techniques have been developed to adequately tune the controller gains with regards to disturbances [30–32] without considering that

It has been apparent that working with higher order SMC is very efficient in overcoming the chattering problem which is the main concern of using SMC in many applications as it may cause high frequency oscillations which leads to actuators damage. However, as the order of SMC increases, the system model turns to be more complex. Developing the adaptive control laws for such complex systems is very challenging. Additionally, the time convergence of these systems cannot be guaranteed. This paper presents a novel adaptive generalized neuro-based SMC for nonlinear systems. The presented approach is of general order which means that we are able to deal with any order of SMC. The developed approach in this paper is supported with strong mathematical analysis and proofs. The main contributions of this work can be summarized as follows:

1. Developing a neuro-based SMC control approach for nonlinear systems which is capable of completely eliminating the chattering. The proposed approach can be used with any order of sliding mode and thus can be generally used with various types of applications. The neural networks are exploited in the proposed approach for their excellent capabilities in function approximation and thus used to approximate the nonlinearities and uncertainties in the system under consideration. The approximation errors are completely considered in the developed approach. All types of uncertainties have been taken into consideration.

2. The proposed approach is able to completely and adaptively estimate the uncertainties and thus the problems exist with either estimating the upper bound of the uncertainties (like in [16,19,21,27,29]) or with adaptation of system gains (like in [30–32]) are released.

3. The stability of the designed system is validated using a suggested quadratic Lyapunov function. The estimated uncertainties are considered in the developed Lyapunov analysis. The developed control law guarantees that the system will reach the sliding surface in finite time with any order of sliding mode. The mathematical proof for the developed approach and the stability analysis are given in details below.

The proposed control algorithm is applied to a position trajectory tracking problem of an inverted pendulum nonlinear system through simulations. The proposed approach is compared to the existing conventional controllers. The simulation results indicate that the control performance of the develoepd control strategy is satisfactory and better than those of the existing conventional controllers.

The remainder of this paper is organized as follows: the problem under consideration is formulated in Section 2. Section 3 presents the proposed higher order sliding mode control for nonlinear systems. The presented adaptive neural network-based higher order sliding mode control is introduced in Section 4. Some simulation results and discussions are presented in Section 5. Finally, conclusions and some future directions are summarized in Section 6.

The nth order uncertain nonlinear single-input single-output system may be described by:

where

In order to consider uncertainties in the system model, the controlled system can be modified as follows:

where

The sliding surface of order r is chosen as:

where

3 Higher Order Sliding Mode Control for Higher Order Nonlinear Systems

In this section, a generalized extension of the authors' work in [35] is presented. The developed extended work in this section is based on the design of a discontinuous rth order sliding mode control (DROSMC) for nth order uncertain nonlinear single-input single-output system. In order to achieve that, the trajectory tracking error must approach zero and the ROSMC control law must steer the sliding surface

where

The time derivative of sliding surface in Eq. (4) is obtained as:

The rth time derivative of sliding surface is computed as:

Substituting

In order to keep the error variables of the nominal system

The switching control signal

where

Theorem 1. Assume the uncertain controlled system (2) is controlled by u(t) (5) which guarantees the global boundedness of all sliding variables and the tracking error approaches zero, the global stability of (2) is verified.

Proof. Consider the following Lyapunov function:

where

By differentiating V(t), we get:

Substituting from Eq. (8) into Eq. (12), then:

Substituting from Eqs. (5) and (9), then:

Substituting Eq. (10) into Eq. (14):

By using

In order to ensure that the closed loop system is globally stable and the reaching condition

End of Proof

The total control law of the developed DROSMC controller can be deduced by substituting from Eqs. (9) and (14) into Eq. (5) as follows:

The block diagram of the proposed DROSMC is shown in Fig. 1.

4 Adaptive Neural Network-based Higher Order Sliding Mode Control

Although, the DROSMC controller described in Eq. (18) can ensure the stability of the control system, chattering occurs when using this controller as it contains a discontinuous signum function

where

where

The adaptive RBFNN continuous rth order sliding mode control strategy (ARBFNN-CROSMC) is chosen as:

where

where

where

The control signal

From Eq. (8), one can have:

Substituting

Using Eqs. (22) and (24), Eq. (26) becomes:

Substituting Eqs. (19) and (23) into Eq. (27) yields:

where

Define

Substituting Eq. (29) into Eq. (28) yields:

The adaptive control term

where

Theorem 2. Assume the uncertain controlled system (2) is controlled by u(t) (21) which guarantees the global boundedness of all sliding variables and the tracking error approaches zero, the global stability of (2) is verified.

Proof. Consider the following Lyapunov function:

where

The first derivative of Lyapunov function

Substituting from Eq. (30) into Eq. (34):

Substituting from Eq. (31) into Eq. (35):

Rearranging Eq. (36) results in:

In order to ensure that the closed loop system is globally stable and the reaching condition

The time evolution of the estimated uncertainty

Substituting Eqs. (38) and (39) into Eq. (37) yields:

For a small positive number

From the above analysis, the global asymptotic stability of the closed loop system is guaranteed.

End of Proof

In order to validate the effectiveness of the proposed ARBFNN-CROSMC control methodology, the stabilization control of the inverted pendulum (IP) system [36,37] is implemented in this section.

5.1 Second Order Sliding Mode Control

First, a discontinuous second order sliding mode control approach (D2SMC) and an adaptive RBFNN continuous second order sliding mode control strategy (ARBFNN-C2SMC) are implemented using the inverted pendulum system. The performance of both conventional PID controller and D2SMC are compared to demonstrate the efficacy of the proposed ARBFNN-C2SMC control strategy. Two main problems are implemented; the set point tracking control problem, and the trajectory tracking control problem.

5.1.1 Set Point Tracking Control Problem

To check the ability of the proposed strategy to reach a desired reference point, a desired angular position is set at

Fig. 2 shows the superiority of the proposed ARBFNN-C2SMC for set point tracking control compared with other approaches even in the presence of external disturbance. In order to assess more the performance of the proposed approach, a comparison of the performance of the proposed approach is compared with other approaches using three performance indices; integral absolute error (IAE), integral time multiplied absolute error (ITAE) and integral of squared error (ISE) which are given by [9]:

Tab. 1 summarizes the results of the performance comparison.

5.1.2 Trajectory Tracking Control Problem

In this subsection, the performance of the proposed approach is assessed in case of trajectory tracking control problem. The standalone PID parameters are set as:

Again, the simulation results illustrate the superiority of the proposed control approach compared with other approaches in case of trajectory tracking control problem. As seen, the D2SMC controller has severe chattering while the proposed approach is able to completely eliminate any type of chattering. A comparison of tracking response characteristics are summarized in Tab. 2 which shows the efficiency of the proposed approach compared with other approaches.

5.2 Third Order Sliding Mode Control

Second, the performance of the proposed approach is assessed in case of using third order sliding mode control (r = 3). Thus, the performance of the proposed adaptive RBFNN continuous third order sliding mode control strategy (ARBFNN-C3SMC) is compared with a discontinuous third order sliding mode control approach (D3SMC), and conventional PID controller.

5.2.1 Set Point Tracking Control Problem

The reference desired angular position is set as:

As seen in Fig. 5, the performance of the proposed ARBFNN-C3SMC approach is superior compared with other approaches even in the presence of uncertainties. The proposed approach is able to completely eliminate chattering which other approaches suffer from. A comparison of tracking response characteristics are summarized in Tab. 3 which shows the efficiency of the proposed approach compared with other approaches.

5.2.2 Trajectory Tracking Control Problem

In this subsection, the performance of the proposed approach is assessed in case of trajectory tracking control problem. A step disturbance force of 1000 N is suddenly applied at the pole at t = 5 sec to check the robustness of the developed approach in the presence of uncertainties. Fig. 6 shows the system response profile. Fig. 7 illustrates the position error.

Again, the simulation results illustrate the superiority of the proposed control approach compared with other approaches in case of trajectory tracking control problem. As seen, the D3SMC controller has severe chattering while the proposed approach is able to completely eliminate any type of chattering. A comparison of tracking response characteristics are summarized in Tab. 4 which shows the efficiency of the proposed approach compared with other approaches.

An adaptive radial basis function neural network-based generalized rth order sliding mode control approach for nth order uncertain nonlinear systems is developed in this paper. The proposed approach is able to deal with severe uncertainties even for high order nonlinear systems. The proposed approach employed the radial basis function neural networks for their efficiency in approximating nonlinear functions. The proposed approach has been validated theoretically for generalized rth order sliding mode control. The simulation results showed that the proposed approach has great performance compared with other approaches.

Acknowledgement: The authors extend their appreciation to the Deputyship for Research & Innovation, Ministry of Education in Saudi Arabia for funding this research work through the project number (IF-PSAU-2021/01/17796).

Funding Statement: This work is funded by the Deputyship for Research & Innovation, Ministry of Education in Saudi Arabia through the project number (IF-PSAU-2021/01/17796).

Conflicts of Interest: The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest to report regarding the present study.

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## Cite This Article

A. M. Elmogy and W. M. Elawady, "Neuro-based higher order sliding mode control for perturbed nonlinear systems,"*Intelligent Automation & Soft Computing*, vol. 36, no.1, pp. 385–400, 2023.