Flight testing of incremental backstepping based control laws with angular accelerometer feedback

Twan Keijzer, Gertjan Looye, Qiping Chu, Erik-jan van Kampen

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This paper discusses the design, implementation and flight testing of an incremental Backstepping (IBS) based manual flight control law with angular accelerometer (AA) feedback. The main advantages of incremental control laws are that they only require a partial model of the system and are of low complexity. Incremental control laws for aircraft rotational motion, however, need angular acceleration measurements to compute the control increments. Previously, estimates based on angular rate measurements were used for this. The newly implemented AA feedback is expected to improve the performance of the controller by decreasing the sensor delay. The manual control laws command roll rate/angle, vertical load factor, and side slip angle and have been implemented on a Cessna Citation II aircraft, equipped with an experimental fly-by-wire system. The IBS based control law has an integrated integral control term and uses Pseudo Control Hedging to handle actuator saturations. The IBS based control law is shown to have highly satisfactory performance in flight. Test manoeuvres included standard roll and load factor commands and asymmetric thrust handling. Robustness to model mismatch has been compared in a nonlinear simulation for the controllers with and without AA feedback. In general, the AA feedback improved the tolerance to mismatch substantially.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA Scitech 2019 Forum
Subtitle of host publication7-11 January 2019, San Diego, California, USA
Number of pages25
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-62410-578-4
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventAIAA Scitech Forum, 2019 - San Diego, United States
Duration: 7 Jan 201911 Jan 2019


ConferenceAIAA Scitech Forum, 2019
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego
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