Aerospace Science and Technology
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The development of two nonlinear robust higher-order flight control systems for roll-coupled maneuvers of fighter aircraft with uncertain parameters is discussed in this article. The objective is to independently control the output variables (roll angle, pitch angle and sideslip angle) using aileron, elevator and rudder control surfaces. For a nominal model of aircraft, first a finite time stabilizing (FTS) control law, based on the notion of geometric homogeneity, is designed. Then for robust control in the presence of parameter uncertainties, (i) a discontinuous sliding mode (DSM) control law and (ii) a super-twisting (STW) continuous control law is designed. It is shown that in the composite closed-loop system consisting of either (a) the FTS and DSM control laws or (b) the FTS and STW control systems, the output trajectory tracking error and its first-order derivative converge to the origin in finite time. Digital simulation results for a swept-wing fighter aircraft, including the two composite control systems, are obtained. These results show that each of the designed flight controllers accomplishes precise simultaneous large longitudinal and lateral maneuvers, despite uncertainties in the aerodynamic and inertia parameters, turbulence, and partial loss of control surface effectiveness.
Aircraft flight control; Roll-coupled maneuver; Longitudinal maneuvers; Lateral maneuvers; Wind turbulence; Fault tolerance
Singh, S. N.,
Lee, K. W.
Finite-time Sliding Mode and Super-twisting Control of Fighter Aircraft.
Aerospace Science and Technology, 82-83