Imperial College London

Dr Rafael Palacios

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Aeronautics

Reader in Aeronautics



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BibTex format

author = {Wang, Y and Wynn, A and Palacios, R},
title = {Model-predictive control of flexible aircraft using nonlinear reduced-order models},
url = {},
year = {2016}

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AB - © 2016, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc, AIAA. All rights reserved. This paper introduces an optimization-based load control strategy suitable for flexible vehicles with very flexible wings. A model for the coupled flight dynamics/aeroelastic response of the vehicle is built from geometrically-nonlinear beams using an intrinsic de- scription and a simple linear 2-D unsteady aerodynamic with no spanwise couplings. The resulting model has only quadratic nonlinearities and a balanced projection of the dynamic equations is then practicable and results in a much smaller model that retains the relevant nonlinear couplings. This is finally used to drive a model-predictive control designed to suppress wing oscillations in the response to atmospheric gusts. Results are presented on high-aspect-ratio flying wing undergoing moderately large excursions in the presence of discrete gusts. They demonstrate the performance of the nonlinear MPC in comparison to equivalent linear control schemes.
AU - Wang,Y
AU - Wynn,A
AU - Palacios,R
PY - 2016///
TI - Model-predictive control of flexible aircraft using nonlinear reduced-order models
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ER -