Date of Award

5-1-2016

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Mathematics

First Advisor

Xu, Jianhong

Abstract

In this dissertation we first derive a new unified upper solution bound for the continuous coupled algebraic Riccati equation, which arises from the optimal control of a Markovian jump linear system. In particular, we address the issue of rank deficiency with the control matrices. In the case of rank deficiency the existing matrix upper bounds are inapplicable. Moreover, our new result is not restricted to rank deficiency cases only. It now contains the existing results as special cases. Next, an iterative refinement is presented to improve our new unified matrix upper solution bounds. In particular, this iterative refinement determines a monotonically decreasing sequence of upper bounds for the solution of the continuous coupled algebraic Riccati equation. We formulate a new iterative algorithm by modifying this iterative refinement. We also prove that this new algorithm generates a monotonically decreasing sequence of matrix upper solution bounds that converges to the maximal solution of the continuous coupled algebraic Riccati equation. Furthermore, we prove the convergence of an accelerated Riccati iteration which computes a positive semidefinite solution of the continuous coupled algebraic Riccati equation. In particular, we establish sufficient conditions for the convergence of this algorithm. We also prove that for particular initial values this algorithm determines a monotonically increasing sequence of positive semidefinite matrices that converge to the minimal solution of the continuous coupled algebraic Riccati equation. Additionally, we show that for specific initial values this algorithm generates a monotonically decreasing sequence that converges to the maximal solution of the continuous coupled algebraic Riccati equation. In addition, we prove that this accelerated Riccati iteration converges faster than the Riccati iteration. Finally, we formulate a weighted modified accelerated Riccati iteration which is a more generalized Riccati type iteration. All of the existing Riccati iterations are now the special cases of this algorithm. Furthermore, we establish sufficient conditions for the convergence of this algorithm and we prove the monotonic convergence of the sequence generated by this algorithm. We also discuss how the weight and other quantities affect the rate of convergence of this algorithm. Illustrative numerical examples are also presented.

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