Sliding mode control (SMC) is a class of variable structure control consisting of a discontinuous control law and a decision rule called switching function. This control technique has several features that have attracted the attention of researchers and engineers from academia and industry around the world.
The main characteristics of SMC are (1) reduced-order dynamics when the system is in a sliding mode, and (2) insensitivity with respect to a particular class of plant model uncertainties and external disturbances. The reduced-order dynamic behaviour is defined by the designer when synthesising the switching function, whereas the invariance property of SMC systems is inherent to this control technique.
Sliding mode concepts have also been applied to estimation problems involving reconstruction of state variables and faults. Sliding mode schemes have become one of the most exciting research topics in several fields such as electric drives and actuators, power systems, aerospace vehicles, robotic manipulators and so on.
The aim of this special issue is to present recent theoretical developments in sliding mode control and estimation techniques as well as practical solutions to real-world control engineering problems using sliding mode methods.
Suitable topics include but are not limited to:
- Sliding mode control and estimation of electric drives
- Sliding mode control and estimation of electric power systems
- Sliding mode control and estimation in the automotive industry
- Sliding mode control and estimation of aerospace vehicles
- Sliding mode control and estimation applications in robotics
- Sliding mode control and estimation of process systems
- Sliding mode observers for fault detection and isolation
- Adaptive sliding mode control
- Sliding mode control and optimisation
- Sliding mode estimation and optimisation
- Output feedback sliding mode control
- Discrete-time sliding mode control
- Sliding mode observers
- Higher-order sliding modes
- Chattering analysis
- Reaching phase elimination
- Combination of sliding mode schemes and artificial intelligence
Papers due: 1 July, 2012
Acceptance notification: 15 September, 2012
Final paper versions due: 1 November, 2012