This paper presents the performance of two sliding mode control algorithms, based on the Lyapunov-based sliding mode controller (LSMC) and reaching-law-based sliding mode controller (RSMC), with their novel variants designed and applied to the anti-lock braking system (ABS), which is known to be a strongly nonlinear system. The goal is to prove their superior performance over existing control approaches, in the sense that the LSMC and RSMC do not bring additional computational complexity, as they rely on a reduced number of tuning parameters. The performance of LSMC and RSMC solves the uncertainty in the process model which comes from unmodeled dynamics and a simplification of the actuator dynamics, leading to a reduced second order process. The contribution adds complete design details and stability analysis is provided. Additionally, performance comparisons with several adaptive, neural networks-based and model-free sliding mode control algorithms reveal the robustness of the proposed LSMC and RSMC controllers, in spite of the reduced number of tuning parameters. The robustness and reduced computational burden of the controllers validated on the real-world complex ABS make it an attractive solution for practical industrial implementations.
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