Trim for Maximum Control Authority using the Attainable Moment Set

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This paper presents a method to find trimmed flight conditions while maximizing the available control authority about one or more motion axes. Maximum pitch-up, or lift-up, control authority could find interesting application in aborted landing situations, while maximum balanced control authority about all motion axes is a reformulation of the classic concept of minimum control effort. The trim problem is formulated in the form of a constrained optimization problem. The constraints and the objective function are obtained by exploiting the geometric properties of the Attainable Moment Set, a convex polytope containing the forces and moments attainable by the aircraft control effectors. The method is applied to an innovative box-wing aircraft configuration called PrandtlPlane, whose double wing system can accommodate a large number of control surfaces, and hence allow Pure Torque and Direct Lift Control possibilities. Control surface deflections are compared for trim conditions with maximum control authority in the pitch axis, in the lift axis, and maximum balanced control authority, for symmetric and asymmetric flight. Results show that the method is able to capitalize on the angle of attack or the throttle setting to obtain the control surfaces deflections which maximize control authority in the assigned direction.
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 pages18
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
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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