A new model reduction method for nonlinear dynamical systems Academic Article uri icon


  • The present research work proposes a new systematic approach to the problem of model-reduction for nonlinear dynamical systems. The formulation of the problem is conveniently realized through a system of singular first-order quasi-linear invariance partial differential equations (PDEs), and a rather general explicit set of conditions for solvability is derived. In particular, within the class of analytic solutions, the aforementioned set of conditions guarantees the existence and uniqueness of a locally analytic solution. The solution to the above system of singular PDEs is then proven to represent the slow invariant manifold of the nonlinear dynamical system under consideration exponentially attracting all dynamic trajectories. As a result, an exact reduced-order model for the nonlinear system dynamics is obtained through the restriction of the original system dynamics on the aforementioned slow manifold. The local analyticity property of the solution's graph that corresponds to the system's slow manifold enables the development of a series solution method, which allows the polynomial approximation of the system dynamics on the slow manifold up to the desired degree of accuracy and can be easily implemented with the aid of a symbolic software package such as MAPLE. Finally, the proposed approach and method is evaluated through an illustrative biological reactor example. Copyright 2009 Springer Science+Business Media B.V.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Kazantzis, N., Kravaris, C., & Syrou, L.

citation count

  • 23

complete list of authors

  • Kazantzis, Nikolaos||Kravaris, Costas||Syrou, Lemonia

publication date

  • May 2010