Port-Hamiltonian systems: network modeling and control of nonlinear physical systems

A.J. van der Schaft

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    It is shown how port-based modeling of lumped-parameter complex physical systems (multi-body systems, electrical circuits, electromechanical systems,..) naturally leads to a geometrically defined class of systems, called port-Hamiltonian systems. These are Hamiltonian systems defined with respect to a power-conserving geometric structure capturing the basic interconnection laws, and a Hamiltonian function given by the total stored energy. The structural properties of port-Hamiltonian systems are discussed, in particular the existence of Casimir functions and its implications for stability and stabilization. Furthermore it is shown how passivity-based control results from interconnecting the plant port-Hamiltonian system with a controller port-Hamiltonian system, leading to a closed-loop port-Hamiltonian system. Finally, extensions to the distributed-parameter case are provided by formulating boundary control systems as infinite-dimensional port-Hamiltonian systems.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAdvanced Dynamics and Control of Structures and Machines
    EditorsHans Irshik, Kurt Schlacher
    Place of PublicationWien, New York
    Number of pages41
    ISBN (Electronic)978-3-7091-2774-2
    ISBN (Print)978-3-211-22867-8
    Publication statusPublished - 2004

    Publication series

    NameCISM Courses and Lectures
    ISSN (Print)0254-1971
    ISSN (Electronic)2309-3706


    • METIS-223799
    • Hamiltonian System
    • Multibody System
    • Kinematic Constraint
    • Dirac Structure
    • Bond Graph


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