Eric A. Butcher

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This paper presents a new technique for studying the stability properties of dynamic systems modeled by delay-differential equations (DDEs) with time-periodic parameters. By employing a shifted Chebyshev polynomial approximation in each time interval with length equal to the delay and parametric excitation period, the dynamic system can be reduced to a set(More)
The use of Chebyshev polynomials in solving finite horizon optimal control problems associated with general linear time-varying systems with constant delay is well known in the literature. The technique is modified in the present paper for the finite horizon control of dynamical systems with time periodic coefficients and constant delay. The governing(More)
How do you characterise the contents of a sealed nuclear waste package without breaking it open? This question is important when the contained corrosion products are potentially reactive with air and radioactive. Synchrotron X-rays have been used to perform micro-scale in-situ observation and characterisation of uranium encapsulated in grout; a simulation(More)
We consider the problem of rendezvous, proximity operations, and docking of an autonomous spacecraft. The problem can be conveniently divided into four phases: 1) rendezvous with angles-only measurements; 2) rendezvous with angle and range measurements; 3) docking phase; and 4) docked phase. Due to the different constraints, available measurements, and(More)
In this paper, a new efficient method is proposed to obtain the transient response of linear or piecewise linear dynamic systems with time delay and periodic coefficients under arbitrary control excitations via Chebyshev polynomial expansion. Since the time domain can be divided into intervals with length equal to the delay period, at each such interval the(More)
This chapter provides a brief literature review together with detailed descriptions of the authors’ work on the stability and control of systems represented by linear time-periodic delay-differential equations using the Chebyshev and temporal finite element analysis (TFEA) techniques. Here, the theory and examples assume that there is a single fixed(More)
In this paper, we obtain an analytical Lyapunovbased stability conditions for scalar linear and nonlinear stochastic systems with discrete time-delay. The Lyapunov– Krasovskii and Lyapunov–Razumikhin methods are applied with techniques from stochastic calculus to obtain the regions of mean square asymptotic stability in the parameter space. Both(More)
A symbolic computational technique is used to study the secondary bifurcations of a parametrically excited simple pendulum as an explicit function of the periodic parameter. This is made possible by the recent development of an algorithm which approximates the fundamental solution matrix of linear time-periodic systems in terms of system parameters in(More)