Handling Quality Improvements for the Flying-V Aircraft using Incremental Nonlinear Dynamic Inversion

S. van Overeem, Xuerui Wang, E. van Kampen

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Considerable growth in the number of passengers and cargo transported by air is predicted. Moreover, aircraft noise and climate impact become increasingly important factors in aircraft design. These existing challenges in aviation boost interest in the design of innovative aircraft configurations. One of these configurations is a V-shaped flying wing named the Flying-V. This work aims at developing a flight control system for the Flying-V that can be used to improve the stability and handling qualities of the aircraft. Prior work shows that the Flying-V is not able to adhere to all stability and handling quality requirements at the forward and aft center of gravity location during cruise and approach. This paper illustrates how an Incremental Nonlinear Dynamic Inversion flight control system can be used to improve the stability and handling qualities of the aircraft. Furthermore, the robustness of the flight control system is assessed by analysing the effects of aerodynamic uncertainty on the attitude tracking error of the Flying-V. Upon implementation of the flight control system, this research shows that the eigenmodes become stable. Besides that, the flight control system is proved to be robust against aerodynamic uncertainty.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA SciTech Forum 2023
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-62410-699-6
Publication statusPublished - 2023
EventAIAA SCITECH 2023 Forum - National Harbor, MD & Online, Washington, United States
Duration: 23 Jan 202327 Jan 2023


ConferenceAIAA SCITECH 2023 Forum
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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