Formal Elimination for Multidimensional Systems and Applications to Control Theory
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- Pommaret, J. & Quadrat, A. Math. Control Signals Systems (2000) 13: 193. doi:10.1007/PL00009867
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Following Douglas's ideas on the inverse problem of the calculus of variations, the purpose of this article is to show that one can use formal integrability theory to develop a theory of elimination for systems of partial differential equations and apply it to control theory. In particular, we consider linear systems of partial differential equations with variable coefficients and we show that we can organize the integrability conditions on the coefficients to build an “intrinsic tree”. Trees of integrability conditions naturally appear when we test the structural properties of linear multidimensional control systems with some variable or unknown coefficients (controllability, observability, invertibility, …) or for generic linearization of nonlinear systems.