Example: DC-DC converter

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We consider a boost DC-DC converter which has been widely studied from the point of view of hybrid control, see for example in [1, V.A],[2],[3]. This is a safety problem for a switching system.

Boost DC-DC converter.

The state of the system is given by $x(t) = \begin{bmatrix} i_l(t) & v_c(t) \end{bmatrix}^\top$. The switching system has two modes consisting in two-dimensional affine dynamics:

\[\dot{x} = f_p(x) = A_p x + b_p,\quad p=1,2\]


\[A_1 = \begin{bmatrix} -\frac{r_l}{x_l} &0 \\ 0 & -\frac{1}{x_c}\frac{1}{r_0+r_c} \end{bmatrix}, A_2= \begin{bmatrix} -\frac{1}{x_l}\left(r_l+\frac{r_0r_c}{r_0+r_c}\right) & -\frac{1}{x_l}\frac{r_0}{r_0+r_c} \\ \frac{1}{x_c}\frac{r_0}{r_0+r_c} & -\frac{1}{x_c}\frac{1}{r_0+r_c} \end{bmatrix}, b = \begin{bmatrix} \frac{v_s}{x_l}\\0\end{bmatrix}.\]

The goal is to design a controller to keep the state of the system in a safety region around the reference desired value, using as input only the switching signal.

In order to study the concrete system and its symbolic abstraction in a unified framework, we will solve the problem for the sampled system with a sampling time $\tau$.

The abstraction is based on a feedback refinment relation [4,V.2 Definition]. Basically, this is equivalent to an alternating simulation relationship with the additional constraint that the input of the concrete and symbolic system preserving the relation must be identical. This allows to easily determine the controller of the concrete system from the abstraction controller by simply adding a quantization step.

For the construction of the relations in the abstraction, it is necessary to over-approximate attainable sets of a particular cell. In this example, we consider the used of a growth bound function [4, VIII.2, VIII.5] which is one of the possible methods to over-approximate attainable sets of a particular cell based on the state reach by its center. Therefore, it is used to compute the relations in the abstraction based on the feedback refinement relation.

First, let us import StaticArrays.

using StaticArrays

At this point, we import the useful Dionysos sub-module for this problem: Abstraction.

using Dionysos
using Dionysos.Abstraction
AB = Dionysos.Abstraction;

Definition of the system

Definition of the parameters of the system:

vs = 1.0; rL = 0.05; xL = 3.0; rC = 0.005; xC = 70.0; r0 = 1.0;

Definition of the dynamics functions $f_p$ of the system:

b = SVector(vs/xL, 0.0);
A1 = SMatrix{2,2}(-rL/xL, 0.0, 0.0, -1.0/xC/(r0+rC));
A2 = SMatrix{2,2}(-(rL+r0*rC/(r0+rC))/xL, 5.0*r0/(r0+rC)/xC,
    -r0/(r0+rC)/xL/5.0, -1.0/xC/(r0+rC));
F_sys = let b = b, A1 = A1, A2 = A2
    (x, u) -> u[1] == 1 ? A1*x + b : A2*x + b

Definition of the growth bound functions of $f_p$:

ngrowthbound = 5;
A2_abs = SMatrix{2,2}(-(rL+r0*rC/(r0+rC))/xL, 5.0*r0/(r0+rC)/xC,
                      r0/(r0+rC)/xL/5.0, -1.0/xC/(r0+rC));
L_growthbound = let A1 = A1, A2_abs = A2_abs
    u -> u[1] == 1 ? A1 : A2_abs

Here it is considered that there is no system and measurement noise:

sysnoise = SVector(0.0, 0.0);
measnoise = SVector(0.0, 0.0);

Definition of the discretization time step parameters: tstep and nsys:

tstep = 0.5;
nsys = 5;

Finally, we build the control system:

contsys = AB.NewControlSystemGrowthRK4(tstep, F_sys, L_growthbound, sysnoise,
                                       measnoise, nsys, ngrowthbound);

Definition of the control problem

Definition of the state-space (limited to be rectangle):

_X_ = AB.HyperRectangle(SVector(1.15, 5.45), SVector(1.55, 5.85));

Definition of the input-space, the later discretization of the input ensures that it can only take the values $1$ or $2$:

_U_ = AB.HyperRectangle(SVector(1), SVector(2));

Definition of the abstraction

Definition of the grid of the state-space on which the abstraction is based (origin x0 and state-space discretization h):

x0 = SVector(0.0, 0.0);
h = SVector(2.0/4.0e3, 2.0/4.0e3);
Xgrid = AB.GridFree(x0, h);

Construction of the struct DomainList containing the feasible cells of the state-space. Note, we used AB.INNER to make sure to add cells entirely contained in the domain because we are working with a safety problem.

Xfull = AB.DomainList(Xgrid);
AB.add_set!(Xfull, _X_, AB.INNER)

Definition of the grid of the input-space on which the abstraction is based (origin u0 and input-space discretization h):

u0 = SVector(1);
h = SVector(1);
Ugrid = AB.GridFree(u0, h);

Construction of the struct DomainList containing the quantized inputs:

Ufull = AB.DomainList(Ugrid);
AB.add_set!(Ufull, _U_, AB.OUTER);

Construction of the abstraction:

symmodel = AB.NewSymbolicModelListList(Xfull, Ufull);
@time AB.compute_symmodel_from_controlsystem!(symmodel, contsys)
compute_symmodel_from_controlsystem! started
compute_symmodel_from_controlsystem! terminated with success: 3776873 transitions created
  1.458073 seconds (180.46 k allocations: 106.993 MiB, 5.80% gc time, 11.12% compilation time)

Construction of the controller

In this problem, we consider both: the initial state-space and the safety state-space are equal to the entire state-space.

Computation of the initial symbolic states:

Xinit = AB.DomainList(Xgrid);
union!(Xinit, Xfull)
initlist = [AB.get_state_by_xpos(symmodel, pos) for pos in AB.enum_pos(Xinit)];

Computation of the safety symbolic states:

Xsafe = AB.DomainList(Xgrid)
union!(Xsafe, Xfull)
safelist = [AB.get_state_by_xpos(symmodel, pos) for pos in AB.enum_pos(Xsafe)];

Construction of the controller:

contr = AB.NewControllerList();
@time AB.compute_controller_safe!(contr, symmodel.autom, initlist, safelist)
compute_controller_safe! started

compute_controller_safe! terminated without covering init set
  0.888621 seconds (82 allocations: 84.503 MiB)

Trajectory display

We choose the number of steps nsteps for the sampled system, i.e. the total elapsed time: nstep*tstep as well as the true initial state x0 which is contained in the initial state-space defined previously.

nstep = 300;
x0 = SVector(1.2, 5.6);

To complete


  1. A. Girard, G. Pola and P. Tabuada, "Approximately Bisimilar Symbolic Models for Incrementally Stable Switched Systems," in IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 55, no. 1, pp. 116-126, Jan. 2010.
  2. S. Mouelhi, A. Girard, and G. Gössler. “CoSyMA: a tool for controller synthesis using multi-scale abstractions”. In: HSCC. ACM. 2013, pp. 83–88.
  3. A. Girard. “Controller synthesis for safety and reachability via approximate bisimulation”. In: Automatica 48.5 (2012), pp. 947–953.
  4. G. Reissig, A. Weber and M. Rungger, "Feedback Refinement Relations for the Synthesis of Symbolic Controllers," in IEEE Transactions on Automatic Control, vol. 62, no. 4, pp. 1781-1796.

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