The Hybrid Micro-chaos Map: Digitally Controlled Inverted Pendulum with Dry Friction

  • Gergely Gyebrószki Department of Applied Mechanics, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, H-1111 Budapest, Műegyetem rkp. 3., Hungary
  • Gábor Csernák MTA-BME Research Group on Dynamics of Machines and Vehicles, H-1111 Budapest, Műegyetem rkp. 3., Hungary


Digital effects (quantization, sampling and delay) can lead to small amplitude chaotic oscillations, called micro-chaos [1, 2]. Often,  these vibrations are neglected due to their small amplitude or replaced by random noise, but doing so one might be unable to capture some important behavior of the digitally controlled system.
One notable example is the PD-controlled inverted pendulum with quantization at the calculated control effort. Taking digital effects into account leads to separated chaotic attractors in the state space. While the amplitude of the chaotic oscillations is indeed small, these attractors are situated rather far from the desired position, introducing considerable control error. Micro-chaos is undoubtedly present in ideal models of computer-controlled mechanical systems, however an important question is still open: does it persist if a more complex model of reality is used? For instance, does it survive in the presence of dry friction?
This paper answers the latter question analyzing the micro-chaos in a system with Coulomb friction. We introduce the so-called hybrid micro-chaos map that describes the behavior of a digitally controlled system with dry friction. Then, the theoretical analysis of this map is presented and numerical results are provided that were acquired using a new mathematical tool, the Clustered Simple Cell Mapping method.
Lastly, we conclude, that the phenomena of micro-chaos can withstand the presence of Coulomb friction and chaotic attractors can coexist with sticking zones in the state space.

Keywords: micro-chaos, Coulomb friction, quantization, rounding
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How to Cite
Gyebrószki, G. and Csernák, G. “The Hybrid Micro-chaos Map: Digitally Controlled Inverted Pendulum with Dry Friction”, Periodica Polytechnica Mechanical Engineering. doi: