Aircraft Fault-Tolerant Trajectory Control Using Incremental Nonlinear Dynamic Inversion

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This paper deals with aircraft trajectory control in the presence of model uncertainties and actuator faults. Existing approaches, such as adaptive backstepping and nonlinear dynamic inversion with online model identi_cation, can be applied. However, since there are a number of unknown aerodynamic derivatives, the tuning of parameter update law gains is time-consuming. Methods with online model identi_cation require excitation and the selection of a threshold. Furthermore, to deal with highly nonlinear aircraft dynamics, the aerodynamic model structure needs to be designed. In this paper, a novel aircraft trajectory controller, which uses the Incremental Nonlinear Dynamic Inversion, is proposed to achieve fault-tolerant trajectory control. The detailed control law design of four loops is presented. The idea is to design the loops with uncertainties using the incremental approach. The tuning of the approach is straightforward and there is no requirement for excitation and selection of a threshold. The performance of the proposed controller is compared with existing approaches using three scenarios. The results show that the proposed trajectory controller can follow the reference even when there are model uncertainties and actuator faults. Keywords: Trajectory control, Fault-Tolerant Control, nonlinear ight control, Incremental Nonlinear Dynamic Inversion, model identi_cation
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)126-141
JournalControl Engineering Practice
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • Trajectory control
  • Fault-tolerant control
  • Nonlinear flight control
  • Incremental Nonlinear
  • Dynamic Inversion
  • Model identification


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