Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present an original design procedure for a flight control system. Design/methodology/approach – An optimization process, based on a genetic algorithm (GA), is used to meet the frequency domain handling qualities requirements in the longitudinal plane for an unconventional platform characterized by nonlinear aerodynamics. The parameters are implemented in the search process as fitness functions related to the expected magnitude of bandwidth and delay for an existing micro aerial vehicle. The bandwidth and the delay of the longitudinal short-term attitude response are estimated before and after the inclusion of the flight control system in the simulation model, and the parameters are compared with the expected handling qualities levels. A qualitative analysis of handling qualities levels is also performed by implementing the augmented aircraft in a simulator with a realistic visual environment. Findings – The results show that an optimal search process based on a GA can implement the handling qualities requirements with a computational procedure that is straightforward. Research limitations/implications – Even if the requisites for bandwidth and delay implemented in the search process are general in use as no specific aircraft response type is taken as a reference for the estimation of handling qualities requirements, only future experimental work will provide insight for the definition of specific Level 1 boundaries for micro aerial vehicles in remotely piloted flight. Originality/value – The virtual environment is useful to test remote piloting with unconventional onboard visual cues. This is important in applications in which technical limitations may preclude complete real time data link during flight tests in the first development phase of the vehicle.
Flight Control System Design for a Micro Aerial Vehicle / GUGLIERI G.; PRALIO B.; QUAGLIOTTI F.. - In: AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING AND AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY. - ISSN 1748-8842. - STAMPA. - 78(2)(2006), pp. 87-97.
|Titolo:||Flight Control System Design for a Micro Aerial Vehicle|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2006|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|