Multi-input multi-output model-following control design methods for rotorcraft

J. Michael Spires, Joseph F. Horn

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We compare two MIMO model-following control design methods for rotorcraft flight control. The first, Explicit Model Following (EMF), employs SISO inverse plants with a dynamic decoupling matrix, which is a purely feedforward approach to inverting the plant. The second is Dynamic Inversion (DI), which involves both feed-forward and feedback path elements to invert the plant. The EMF design is purely linear, while our DI has some nonlinear elements in vertical rate control. For each of these methods, an architecture is presented that provides angular rate model-following with selectable vertical rate model-following. We also cover implementation challenges of both EMF and DI, and present our methods of dealing with them. These two MIMO model-following approaches are evaluated regarding (1) fidelity to the command model, and (2) turbulence rejection. We find that both provide good tracking of commands and reduction of cross coupling.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1550-1566
Number of pages17
JournalAnnual Forum Proceedings - AHS International
Issue numberJanuary
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Engineering


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