The paper presents an improved adaptive sliding mode control method based on fuzzy neural networks for a class of nonlinear systems subjected to input nonlinearity with unknown model dynamics. The control scheme consists of the modified adaptive and the compensation controllers. The modified adaptive controller online approximates the unknown model dynamics and input nonlinearity and then constructs the sliding mode control law, while the compensation controller takes into account the approximation errors and keeps the system robust. Based on Lyapunov stability theorem, the proposed method can guarantee the asymptotic convergence to zero of the tracking error and provide the robust stability for the closed-loop system. In addition, due to the modification in controller design, the singularity problem that usually appears in indirect adaptive control techniques based on fuzzy/neural approximations is completely eliminated. Finally, the simulation results performed on an inverted pendulum system demonstrate the advanced functions and feasibility of the proposed adaptive control approach.
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