This paper presents a methodology for the design of flight controllers for aircraft operating over large ranges of angle-of-attack. The methodology is a combination of dynamic inversion and structured singular value (p) synthesis. An inner-loop controller, designed by dynamic inversion, is used to linearize the aircraft dynamics. This inner-loop controller lacks guaranteed robustness to uncertainties in the system model and the measurements; therefore, a robust, linear outer-loop controller is designed using μ synthesis. This controller minimizes the weighted H∞ norm of the error between the aircraft response and the specified handling quality model while maximizing robustness to model uncertainties and sensor noise. The methodology is applied to the design of a pitch rate command system for longitudinal control of a high performance aircraft. Nonlinear simulations demonstrate that the controller satisfies handling quality requirements, provides good tracking of pilot inputs, and exhibits excellent robustness over a wide range of angles-of-attack and Mach number. The linear controller requires no scheduling with flight conditions.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||11|
|State||Published - Jan 1 1994|
|Event||Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, 1994 - Scottsdale, United States|
Duration: Aug 1 1994 → Aug 3 1994
|Other||Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, 1994|
|Period||8/1/94 → 8/3/94|