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Stability analysis of retarded differential equations with delay-dependent coefficients

Participants : Islam Boussaada, Silviu-Iulian Niculescu, Chi Jin [IPSA] , Keqin Gu [Southern Illinois University] .

Retarded dynamical systems with delay dependent coefficients is a class of systems which is frequently encountered in various scientific and engineering applications. The paper [36] provides an overview of the stability analysis of such systems which generalizes those on systems with delay-independent coefficients. Methods of analysis for systems with a single delay and commensurate delays are presented, their application to output feedback control and a geometric perspective that establishes a link between systems with and without delay-dependent coefficients.

The paper [22] presents a systematic method to analyse the stability of systems with single delay in which the coefficient polynomials of the characteristic equation depend on the delay. With respect to the literature on the topic, a less restrictive method to analyse stability is presented. It is found that a much richer behavior is possible when the restrictive assumptions are removed. The interval of interest for the delay is partitioned into subintervals so that the magnitude condition generates a fixed number of frequencies as functions of the delay within each subinterval. The crossing conditions are expressed in a general form, and a simplified derivation for the first-order derivative criterion is obtained.