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A longitudinal flight control law to accommodate sensor loss in the RECONFIGURE benchmark

Maciejowski, JM and Hartley, EN and Siaulys, K (2016) A longitudinal flight control law to accommodate sensor loss in the RECONFIGURE benchmark. Annual Reviews in Control. pp. 212-223.

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The feedback gains in state-of-the-art flight control laws for commercial aircraft are scheduled as a function of values such as airspeed, mass, and centre of gravity (CoG). If measurements or estimates of these are lost due to multiple simultaneous sensor failures, the pilot must revert to an alternative control law, or, in the ultimate case, directly command control surface positions. This work develops a robust backup load-factor tracking control law, that does not depend on these parameters, based on application of theory from robust MPC and $H_2$ optimal control. Firstly, the methods are applied with loss only of airdata, and subsequently also with loss of mass and CoG estimates. Local linear analysis indicates satisfactory performance over a wide range of operating points. To keep the aircraft within an acceptable operating region, an outer protection loop is implemented using an override approach, based on ground speed, a model of the trim angle of attack and variation of load factor with respect to angle of attack, and $\textit{a priori}$ bounds on the wind speed. Finally, the resulting control laws are demonstrated on the nonlinear RECONFIGURE benchmark, which is derived from an Airbus high fidelity, industrially-validated simulator.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: optimal control robust control aircraft control aerospace fault-tolerant control flight envelope protection
Divisions: Div F > Control
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:26
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 00:33
DOI: 10.1016/j.arcontrol.2016.07.001