## Abstract

We consider a system of delay differential equations ẋ_{i}(t) = F_{i}(x_{1}(t),...,x_{n}(t), t) - signs x _{i}(t - h_{i}), i = 1,..., n, with positive constant delays h_{1},...,h_{n} and perturbations F_{1},..., F _{n} absolutely bounded by a constant less than 1. This is a model of a negative feedback controller of relay type intended to bring the system to the origin. Non-zero delays do not allow such a stabilization, but cause oscillations around zero level in any variable. We introduce integral-valued relative frequencies of zeroes of the solution components, and show that they always decrease to some limit values. Moreover, for any prescribed limit relative frequencies, there exists at least an n-parametric family of solutions realizing these oscillation frequencies. We also find sufficient conditions for the stability of slow oscillations, and show that in this case there exist absolute frequencies of oscillations.

Original language | English |
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Pages (from-to) | 557-576 |

Number of pages | 20 |

Journal | Discrete and Continuous Dynamical Systems |

Volume | 11 |

Issue number | 2-3 |

DOIs | |

State | Published - 2004 |

## Keywords

- Delay differential equations
- Frequency of oscillations
- Stability of slow oscillations