Controllability and Observability of a System in State Space

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1. Introduction

We explain the controllability and observability of a system. Controllability describes the ability of the control (input) signal u(t) to control the response of the state variables of the system that allows the system to change from the initial state to any time interval. On the other hand, observability describes the ability to deduce the system response from the output. Also, observability gauges the system for observer design.

Figure 1: Electrical circuit of the given system

In this post, we evaluate the controllability and observability of the given system, shown in Figure 1. The given system was described in the previous post including the state space model and its system's transfer function. In the next section, the mathematical models for controllability and observability is discussed in details with MATLAB.

2. Controllability

In this section, we investigate the controllability of a system. The system is controllable when the input takes every state variables from a desired initial state; otherwise, the system is uncontrollable. The control signal, u, able to control the behavior of all state variables. If the control signal, u, cannot control the state variable, we are unable to design the state feedback of the system.

We have two option to determine the controllability of the system. We can perform controllability by inspection that uses the decoupled representation of the system or controllability via the controllability matrix. In this paper, the latter is adapted hence controllability by inspection only feasible when the system is represented in parallel form.

2.1 The Controllability Matrix

Controllability via the controllability matrix allow testing for controllability or designing the state feedback of a plant regardless of the system representation. The controllability matrix gives a system model that expressages all state variables are to be controlled by the plant input, u. The controllability matrix, CM, is defined as


for the nth-order plant whose state equation


is controllable. In this part, we defined the controllability matrix for the system (shown in Figure 1) whose state space model is given as

From equation (3), the controllability matrix is formed as


wherein it has a rank of 4 and a determinants of 1.9456 × 108. The controllability matrix, rank and determinants are generated by running the MATLAB script in listing 1.

%state space model of the system
A = [-40 20 -2 2 ; 20 =40 2 =2 ; 20 20 0 0 ; 0 20 0 0 ] ;
B = [ 2 ; 0 ; 0 ; 0 ] ;
C = [ 1 0 10 0 0 ] ;
D = [ 0 ] ;

%c o n t r o l l a b i l i t y ma t rix
CM = [B A*B (Aˆ2 ) *B (Aˆ3 ) *B] ;
rCM = rank (CM) ; %rank
dCM = de t (CM) ; %determinant

We can conclude that the system is controllable hence the rank and the system order is equal. The controllability of a system is better to visualized in parallel form (decoupled) where the system matrix is diagonal and the roots are distinct.

3. Observability

The system is said to be observable when an initial state vector, x(t0), is found from u(t) and y(t) is measured across a finite time interval from t0; otherwise, the system is unobservable. Observability is the ability to work out the state variables from the known input, u(t) and output, y(t). Similar to controllability, the observability of a system is better visualized with diagonalized system. Observability via inspection limits only to system representation in parallel form. These technique discriminates the other alternative representation or models for the system. In this paper, we adapt observability via the observability matrix wherein it gives a flexible option in testing observability of a system regardless of the system representation.

3.1 The Observability Matrix

Observability via the observability matrix allow testing for observability with regards to any system representation of choice. The observability matrix gives a system model that expressages all state variables are observed at the output. We defined the observability matrix as


for the nth-order plant whose state output equation y(t) = Cx(t) + Du(t) is observable. In this part, we defined the observability matrix for the system with the state output equation is given as


From equation (7), the observability matrix is defined as


wherein it has a rank of 1 and a determinant of 0. The observability matrix, rank and determinants are generated by running the MATLAB script in listing 2.

%observability matrix
2 OM = [C; C*A; C*(Aˆ2 ) ; C*(Aˆ3 ) ] ;
3 rOM = rank (OM) ; %rank
4 dOM = det (OM) ; %determinants

The system is unobservable hence the determinant is zero and rank is unmatched to system order.

4. Conclusion

Controllability and observability evaluates a system to deduce a controller and observer design from the input and the output signal respectively. In the previous section, we specifically used the controllability and observability matrix to determine whether the system can be deduce from its input and output. For controllability, the system is controllable based on the rank and the determinants of the controllability matrix. In contrast, the system is unobservable hence it has a determinants and a rank is unmatched to the system order.

5. References

[1] Norman S. Nise. Control Systems Engineering (7th. ed.). 2015. John Wiley & Sons, Inc., USA.

[2] DiStefano, J. J., Stubberud, A. R., & Williams, I. J. (2013). Schaum's outline of theory and problems of feedback and control systems. New York: McGraw-Hill.

[3] Bishop, Robert H., and Richard C. Dorf. "Modern control systems." (2017).

[4]Analysis of observability and controllability of nonlinear dynamic systems by linear methods

[5] Relationship between controllability and observability of standard and fractional different orders discrete-time linear system

(Note: All images in the text is created by the author (@juecoree) except those with separate citation.)

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