Model-following control of a military helicopter with damage mitigation

Derek O. Bridges, Joseph F. Horn, Asok Ray

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Abstract

This paper investigates the feasibility and potential benefits of damage mitigating control (DMC) for rotorcraft. The controller is applied to regulate rotor speed and control vertical speed and pitch attitude on a military helicopter, with the objective of minimizing damage to the main rotor transmission, while maintaining Level 1 handling qualities over a range of flight conditions. An explicit model-following control scheme is used, in which the feedback portion is designed using an LQR solution. The controllers are gain scheduled with damage reduction and total airspeed as parameters. The damage is represented by the length of a crack in the main bevel pinion of the helicopter transmission. The results of nonlinear simulations over a range of airspeeds show good tracking performance with no damage mitigation, and an acceptable tradeoff of performance for damage reduction at higher levels of damage mitigation. Evaluation of handling qualities against the ADS-33E specification shows excellent performance (Level 1) with no damage mitigation. As the amount of damage mitigation increases, handling qualities degrade, moving closer to, or into, Level 2 for large amounts of damage mitigation. The controller has been integrated with an upper level supervisory control system that selects the damage mitigation level based on the current damage level and mission scenario of the aircraft.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2005
Pages4680-4694
Number of pages15
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
EventAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2005 - San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 15 2005Aug 18 2005

Publication series

NameCollection of Technical Papers - AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference
Volume6

Other

OtherAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2005
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period8/15/058/18/05

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Engineering(all)

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    Bridges, D. O., Horn, J. F., & Ray, A. (2005). Model-following control of a military helicopter with damage mitigation. In Collection of Technical Papers - AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2005 (pp. 4680-4694). (Collection of Technical Papers - AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference; Vol. 6).