Julio H. Braslavsky

Limits to Performance

An important part of the design process is the characterization of the best achievable performance of a system in terms of its intrinsic dynamics and structure. This analysis reveals what is and is not achievable prior to the application of any specific design technique. This knowledge allows one to rationally trade off desirable but often not completely compatible features in the design specifications; or, when feasible, alter the system configuration in order to alleviate the most critical constraints (e.g., by changing actuator/sensor arrangements).

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Fundamental Limitations in Filtering and Control, M.M. Seron, J.H. Braslavsky and G.C. Goodwin, Springer-Verlag, 1997, ISBN 3-540-76126-8.

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Alongside new succinct treatments of Bode's original work from the 1940s, this book presents a comprehensive account of the modern frequency­domain/input­output results on limits to performance. It includes developments in multivariable systems, sampled­data, periodic and nonlinear problems. The text gives particular prominence to sensitivity functions which measure the fundamental qualities of the system, including performance and robustness. With extensive appendices covering the necessary background on complex variable theory, this book is a self­contained resource for researchers and practitioners in this field.

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