Analysis and Control of Aircraft Longitudinal Dynamics with Large Flight Envelopes

16 Jun 2017  ·  Pucci Daniele ·

The paper contributes towards the development of a unified control approach for longitudinal aircraft dynamics with large flight envelopes. Prior to the control design, we analyze the existence and the uniqueness of the equilibrium orientation along a reference velocity... We show that shape symmetries and aerodynamic stall phenomena imply the existence of the equilibrium orientation irrespective of the reference velocity. The equilibrium orientation, however, is not in general unique, and this may trigger an aircraft loss-of-control for specific reference velocities. Conditions that ensure the local and the global uniqueness of the equilibrium orientation are stated. We show that the uniqueness of the equilibrium orientation is intimately related to the so-called spherical equivalency, i.e. the existence of a thrust change of variable rendering the direction of the transformed external force independent of the vehicle's orientation, as in the case of spherical shapes. Once this transformation is applied, control laws for reference velocities can be designed. These laws extend the so-called vectored--thrust control paradigm %developed for systems subject to orientation-independent external forces, e.g. spherical shapes, to the case of generic body shapes subject to steady aerodynamics. read more

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