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Publication - Dr Robert Szalai

    Piecewise smooth dynamical systems theory

    the case of the missing boundary equilibrium bifurcations


    Hogan, J, Homer, M, Jeffrey, M & Szalai, R, 2016, ‘Piecewise smooth dynamical systems theory: the case of the missing boundary equilibrium bifurcations’. Journal of Nonlinear Science, vol 26., pp. 1161-1173


    We present two codimension-one bifurcations that occur when an equilibrium collides with a discontinuity in a piecewise smooth dynamical system. These simple cases appear to have escaped recent classifications. We present them here to highlight some of the powerful results from Filippov's book Differential Equations with Discontinuous Righthand Sides (Kluwer, 1988). Filippov classified the so-called boundary equilibrium collisions without providing their unfolding. We show the complete unfolding here, for the first time, in the particularly interesting case of a node changing its stability as it collides with a discontinuity. We provide a prototypical model that can be used to generate all codimension-one boundary equilibrium collisions, and summarize the elements of Filippov's work that are important in achieving a full classification.

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