Journal of Systems Engineering and Electronics ›› 2011, Vol. 22 ›› Issue (1): 63-69.doi: 10.3969/j.issn.1004-4132.2011.01.007


Fault tolerant control based on stochastic distribution via RBF neural networks

Zakwan Skaf1,*, Hong Wang1, and Lei Guo2   

  1. 1. School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, The University of Manchester, Manchester M60 1QD, UK;
    2. School of Instrumentation Science and Opto-Electronics Engineering, Beihang University, Beijing 100191, P. R. China
  • Online:2011-02-24 Published:2010-01-03


A new fault tolerant control (FTC) via a controller reconfiguration approach for general stochastic nonlinear systems is studied. Different from the formulation of classical FTC methods, it is supposed that the measured information for the FTC is the probability density functions (PDFs) of the system output rather than its measured value. A radial basis functions (RBFs) neural network technique is proposed so that the output PDFs can be formulated in terms of the dynamic weighings of the RBFs neural network. As a result, the nonlinear FTC problem subject to dynamic relation between the input and the output PDFs can be transformed into a nonlinear FTC problem subject to dynamic relation between the control input and the weights of the RBFs neural network approximation to the output PDFs. The FTC design consists of two steps. The first step is fault detection and diagnosis (FDD), which can produce an alarm when there is a fault in the system and also locate which component has a fault. The second step is to adapt the controller to the faulty case so that the system is able to achieve its target. A linear matrix inequality (LMI) based feasible FTC method is applied such that the fault can be detected and diagnosed. An illustrated example is included to demonstrate the efficiency of the proposed algorithm, and satisfactory results have been obtained.