Robust Controller versus Numerical Model Uncertainties for Stabilization of Navier-Stokes Equations


We consider the stabilization of incompressible fluid flow using linearized and spatially discretized models. In order to potentially work in applications, the designed controller must stabilize the discrete model with a robustness margin that covers linearization, discretization, and modeling errors. We expand on previous results that a linearization error in the infinite-dimensional model amounts to a coprime factor uncertainty and show that H∞-robust controllers can compensate this in the discrete approximation. In numerical experiments, we quantify the robustness margins and show that the H∞-robust controller, unlike the LQG-controller, is capable of stabilizing nonlinear incompressible Navier-Stokes equations with an inexact linearization.

IFAC-PapersOnLine 52(2): 3rd IFAC Workshop on Control of Systems Governed by Partial Differential Equations CPDE 2019