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On topological obstructions to global stabilization of an inverted pendulum. (English) Zbl 1386.93259
Summary: We consider a classical problem of control of an inverted pendulum by means of a horizontal motion of its pivot point. We suppose that the control law can be non-autonomous and non-periodic w.r.t. the position of the pendulum. It is shown that global stabilization of the vertical upward position of the pendulum cannot be obtained for any Lipschitz control law, provided some natural assumptions. Moreover, we show that there always exists a solution separated from the vertical position and along which the pendulum never becomes horizontal. Hence, we also prove that global stabilization cannot be obtained in the system where the pendulum can impact the horizontal plane (for any mechanical model of impact). Similar results are presented for several analogous systems: a pendulum on a cart, a spherical pendulum, and a pendulum with an additional torque control.

93D21 Adaptive or robust stabilization
70Q05 Control of mechanical systems
93C15 Control/observation systems governed by ordinary differential equations
34C25 Periodic solutions to ordinary differential equations
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