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Observer-based robust fault estimation for fault-tolerant control

Nie, Chenglei


Chenglei Nie



A control system is fault-tolerant if it possesses the capability of optimizing the system stability and admissible performance subject to bounded faults, complexity and modeling uncertainty. Based on this definition this thesis is concerned with the theoretical developments of the combination of robust fault estimation (FE) and robust active fault tolerant control (AFTC) for systems with both faults and uncertainties.

This thesis develops robust strategies for AFTC involving a joint problem of on-line robust FE and robust adaptive control. The disturbances and modeling uncertainty affect the FE and FTC performance. Hence, the proposed robust observer-based fault estimator schemes are combined with several control methods to achieve the desired system performance and robust active fault tolerance. The controller approaches involve concepts of output feedback control, adaptive control, robust observer-based state feedback control. A new robust FE method has been developed initially to take into account the joint effect of both fault and disturbance signals, thereby rejecting the disturbances and enhancing the accuracy of the fault estimation. This is then extended to encompass the robustness with respect to modeling uncertainty.
As an extension to the robust FE and FTC scheme a further development is made for direct application to smooth non-linear systems via the use of linear parameter-varying systems (LPV) modeling.

The main contributions of the research are thus:
- The development of a robust observer-based FE method and integration design for the FE and AFTC systems with the bounded time derivative fault magnitudes, providing the solution based on linear matrix inequality (LMI) methodology. A stability proof for the integrated design of the robust FE within the FTC system.
- An improvement is given to the proposed robust observer-based FE method and integrated design for FE and AFTC systems under the existence of different disturbance structures.
- New guidance for the choice of learning rate of the robust FE algorithm.
- Some improvement compared with the recent literature by considering the FTC problem in a more general way, for example by using LPV modeling.


Nie, C. (2012). Observer-based robust fault estimation for fault-tolerant control. (Thesis). University of Hull. Retrieved from

Thesis Type Thesis
Deposit Date May 31, 2013
Publicly Available Date Feb 22, 2023
Keywords Engineering
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Additional Information Department of Engineering, The University of Hull
Award Date Sep 1, 2012


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