This paper proposes a convex approach to regional stability and ℒ₂⁻gain analysis and control synthesis for a class of nonlinear systems subject to bounded disturbance signals, where the system matrices are allowed to be rational functions of the state and uncertain parameters. To derive sufficient conditions for analysing input-to-output properties, we consider polynomial Lyapunov functions of the state and uncertain parameters (assumed to be bounded) and a differential-algebraic representation of the nonlinear system. The analysis conditions are written in terms of linear matrix inequalities determining a bound on the ℒ₂⁻ gain of the input-to-output operator for a class of (bounded) admissible disturbance signals. Through a suitable parametrization involving the Lyapunov and control matrices, we also propose a linear (full-order) output feedback controller with a guaranteed bound on the ℒ₂⁻gain. Numerical examples are used to illustrate the proposed approach.
International Journal of Robust and Nonlinear Control Vol. 18, Issue 1, p. 88-110