Output Feedback Modular Adaptive Control of a Nonlinear Prototypical Wing Section

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The paper presents nonlinear adaptive control systems for the control of limit cycle oscillations of a prototypical wing section with structural nonlinearities using only output feedback. The chosen model describes the plunge and pitch motion of a wing. The model includes plunge and pitch nonlinearities, and has a single control surface for the purpose of control. Using a canonical representation of the aeroelastic system, a modular output feedback adaptive control system consisting of an input-to-state stabilizing controller and a passive identifier (an observer and adaptation law) is derived. In the closed-loop system, asymptotic stabilization of the pitch and plunge motion is accomplished. Simulation results show that the control system is effective in regulating the state vector to the origin in spite of large parameter uncertainties.


Adaptive control systems; Aeroelasticity; Airplanes—Wings; Feedback control systems; Limit cycle oscillation control; Nonlinear aeroelastic system; Nonlinear systems


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