Autorotation path planning using backwards reachable set and optimal control

Shane Tierney, Jack W. Langelaan

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This paper presents a methodology to compute the backwards reachable set from safe on ground to a trimmed autorotation condition. This backwards reachable set represents the region of the trimmed autorotation state space from which safe paths to touchdown at a specified point are guaranteed to exist. The backwards reachable set is found by computing optimal trajectories from candidate initial states (distance and height above the touchdown point, horizontal speed, descent rate, rotor speed) to the designated touchdown point. In addition, the set of trimmed autorotation conditions which are likely to lead to safe trajectories to ground are computed. As an example, the safe landing set is computed for a generic utility helicopter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1895-1907
Number of pages13
JournalAnnual Forum Proceedings - AHS International
StatePublished - 2010
Event66th Forum of the American Helicopter Society: "Rising to New Heights in Vertical Lift Technology", AHS Forum 66 - Phoenix, AZ, United States
Duration: May 11 2010May 13 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering

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