Department of Electronics and Information Engineering, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074, China
Copyright © 2013 Yanyan Cheng. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
We study the bifurcation of limit cycles from periodic orbits of a four-dimensional system when the perturbation is piecewise linear with two switching boundaries. Our main result shows that when the parameter is sufficiently small at most, six limit cycles can bifurcate from periodic orbits in a class of asymmetric piecewise linear perturbed systems, and, at most, three limit cycles can bifurcate from periodic orbits in another class of asymmetric piecewise linear perturbed systems. Moreover, there are perturbed systems having six limit cycles. The main technique is the averaging method.