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Synchronization of Nonlinear Circuits in Dynamic Electrical Networks with General Topologies


F. Dörfler, S. Dhople, A. Hamadeh, B. Johnson


Sufficient conditions are derived for global asymptotic synchronization in a system of identical nonlinear electrical circuits coupled through linear time-invariant (LTI) electrical networks. In particular, the conditions we derive apply to settings where: i) the nonlinear circuits are composed of a parallel combination of passive LTI circuit elements and a nonlinear voltage-dependent current source with finite gain; and ii) a collection of these circuits are coupled through either uniform or homogeneous LTI electrical networks. Uniform electrical networks have identical per-unit-length impedances. Homogeneous electrical networks are characterized by having the same effective impedance between any two terminals with the others open circuited. Synchronization in these networks is guaranteed by ensuring the stability of an equivalent coordinate-transformed differential system that emphasizes signal differences. The applicability of the synchronization conditions to this broad class of networks follows from leveraging recent results on structural and spectral properties of Kron reduction—a model-reduction procedure that isolates the interactions of the nonlinear circuits in the network. The validity of the analytical results is demonstrated with simulations in networks of coupled Chua’s circuits.


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% Autogenerated BibTeX entry
@Misc { D_rEtal:2013:IFA_4941,
    author={F. D{\"o}rfler and S. Dhople and A. Hamadeh and B. Johnson},
    title={{Synchronization of Nonlinear Circuits in Dynamic Electrical
	  Networks with General Topologies}},
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