Title: Tutorial introduction to the modelling and control of hybrid systems

Authors: Luisella Balbis, Andrzej W. Ordys, Michael J. Grimble, Yan Pang

Addresses: Industrial Control Centre, Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde, 50 George Street, Glasgow G1 1QE, Scotland, UK. ' Kingston University in London, Friars Avenue, Roehampton Vale, London SW15 3DW, UK. ' Industrial Control Centre, Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde, 50 George Street, Glasgow G1 1QE, Scotland, UK. ' Industrial Control Centre, Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering, University of Strathclyde, 50 George Street, Glasgow G1 1QE, Scotland, UK

Abstract: A tutorial introduction is provided to the relatively new subject of hybrid systems. The modelling of hybrid systems is assuming ever greater importance for systems where the combination of continuous control and with logical decision making is required. This arises in some of the most critical operating regions where systems are under start-up, shutdown or are undergoing major planned changes. There is recognition that separate independent design of these functions will reduce achievable performance and cause unpredictable behaviour in some of the most safety critical areas of operation. The introduction provided is not exhaustive but it introduces some of the main concepts and motivates the use in applications of this relatively new area of control design. The theoretical results are illustrated using engineering examples.

Keywords: hybrid systems modelling; discrete-event systems; hybrid automata; Petri nets; optimal control; hybrid systems control; tutorial.

DOI: 10.1504/IJMIC.2007.016409

International Journal of Modelling, Identification and Control, 2007 Vol.2 No.4, pp.259 - 272

Published online: 28 Dec 2007 *

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