August 1995

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International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control

Discrete-time, linear control systems with specified pointwise-in-time constraints, such as those imposed by actuator saturation, are considered. The constraints are enforced by the addition of a nonlinear ‘reference governor’ that attenuates, when necessary, the input commands. Because the constraints are satisfied, the control system remains linear and undesirable response effects such as instability due to saturation are avoided. The nonlinear action of the reference governor is defined in terms of a finitely determined maximal output admissible set and can be implemented on-line for systems of moderately high order. The main result is global in nature: if the input command converges to a statically admissible input and the initial state of the system belongs to the maximal output admissible set, the eventual action of the reference governor is a unit delay.