On bounding a nonlinear system with a monotone positive system

Haimovich, Hernán
Mancilla-Aguilar, J. L.
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"How to bound the state vector trajectory of a nonlinear system in a way so that the obtained bound be of practical value is an open problem. If some norm is employed for bounding the state vector trajectory, then this norm should be carefully selected and the state vector components suitably scaled. In addition, practical applications usually require separate bounds on every state variable. Bearing this context in mind, we develop a novel componentwise bounding procedure applicable to both real and complex nonlinear systems with additive disturbances. A bound on the magnitude of the evolution of each state variable is obtained by computing a single trajectory of a well-specified 'bounding' system constructed from the original system equations and the available disturbance bounds. The bounding system is shown to have highly desirable properties, such as being monotone and positive. We provide preliminary results establishing that key stability features are preserved by the bounding system for systems in triangular form."