Database-driven Safe Flight Envelope Protection for Impaired Aircraft

Ye Zhang, Yingzhi Huang, Q. P. Chu, Coen de Visser

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In this paper, an online flight envelope protection system is developed and implemented on impaired aircraft with structural damage. The whole protection system is designed to be a closed-loop of several sub-systems, including system identification, damage classification, flight-envelope prediction and fault-tolerant control. Based on the information given by damage classification, the flight envelopes are explicitly retrieved and processed online from the database and fed into the fault-tolerant controller, which makes the protection system adaptive to a wide range of abnormal conditions. Simulation results show that with envelope protection, loss-of-control accidents are more likely to be prevented, since both the controller and pilots are aware of the shrunken flight envelopes after damage and excessive commands are restricted. In this way, the fault-tolerance of the impaired aircraft can be effectively enhanced.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA Scitech 2020 Forum
Subtitle of host publication6-10 January 2020, Orlando, FL
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Inc. (AIAA)
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-62410-595-1
ISBN (Print)9781624105951
Publication statusPublished - 2020
EventAIAA Scitech 2020 Forum - Orlando, United States
Duration: 6 Jan 202010 Jan 2020

Publication series

NameAIAA Scitech 2020 Forum
Volume1 PartF


ConferenceAIAA Scitech 2020 Forum
CountryUnited States


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