Robust nonlinear control of a hypersonic aircraft

Qian Wang, Robert F. Stengel

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For the longitudinal motion of a hypersonic aircraft containing 28 inertial and aerodynamic uncertain parameters, robust flight control systems with nonlinear dynamic inversion structure are synthesized. The system robustness is characterized by the probability of instability and probabilities of violations of 38 performance criteria, subject to the variations of the uncertain system parameters. The design cost function is defined as a weighted quadratic sum of these probabilities. The control system is designed using a genetic algorithm to search a design parameter space of the nonlinear-dynamic-inversion structure. During the search iteration, Monte Carlo evaluation is used to estimate the system robustness and cost function. This approach explicitly takes into account the design requirements and makes full use of engineering knowledge in the design process to produce practical and efficient control systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)577-585
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2000

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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