Active gust load alleviation of high-aspect ratio flexible wing aircraft

Yvonne L. Ferrier, Nhan T. Nguyen, Eric Ting, Daniel Chaparro, Xuerui Wang, Coen C. de Visser, Q. Ping Chu

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Abstract

This paper presents a novel active gust load alleviation approach within a multi-objective flight control framework developed by NASA for a flexible wing aircraft. The aircraft model is based on the NASA Generic Transport Model (GTM). The wing structures incorporate an aerodynamic control surface known as the Variable Camber Continuous Trailing Edge Flap (VCCTEF). Previous work already showed the ability of the VCCTEF to perform aeroelastic mode suppression, drag minimization and maneuver load alleviation in a multi-objective flight control framework. In this paper, the multi-objective flight control framework is extended to include active gust load alleviation. A Linear-Quadratic Gaussian (LQG) controller is augmented with Model Reference Adaptive Control (MRAC) to provide active gust load alleviation. Disturbance estimation is done using an Extended State Observer (ESO) to support the design of the active gust load alleviation controller. The results demonstrate the potential of active gust load alleviation within a multi-objective flight control framework for a high-aspect ratio flexible wing aircraft embodied with the VCCTEF.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc. (AIAA)
Number of pages38
Edition210039
ISBN (Electronic)9781624105265
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018
EventAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, 2018 - Kissimmee, United States
Duration: 8 Jan 201812 Jan 2018
https://doi.org/10.2514/MGNC18

Conference

ConferenceAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference, 2018
CountryUnited States
CityKissimmee
Period8/01/1812/01/18
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