Integrated flight/thrust vectoring control for jet-powered unmanned aerial vehicles with ACHEON propulsion

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10545/609450
Title:
Integrated flight/thrust vectoring control for jet-powered unmanned aerial vehicles with ACHEON propulsion
Authors:
Cen, Z.; Smith, T.; Stewart, P.; Stewart, J.
Abstract:
As a new alternative to tilting rotors or turbojet vector mechanical oriented nozzles, ACHEON (Aerial Coanda High Efficiency Orienting-jet Nozzle) has enormous advantages because it is free of moving elements and highly effective for Vertical/Short-Take-Off and Landing (V/STOL) aircraft. In this paper, an integrated flight/ thrust vectoring control scheme for a jet powered Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) with an ACHEON nozzle is proposed to assess its suitability in jet aircraft flight applications. Firstly, a simplified Thrust-Vectoring (TV) population model is built based on CFD simulation data and parameter identification. Secondly, this TV propulsion model is embedded as a jet actuator for a benchmark fixed-wing ‘Aerosonde’ UAV, and then a four “cascaded-loop” controller, based on nonlinear dynamic inversion (NDI), is designed to individually control the angular rates (in the body frame), attitude angles (in the wind frame), track angles (in the navigation frame), and position (in the earth-centered frame) . Unlike previous research on fixed-wing UAV flight controls or TV controls, our proposed four-cascaded NDI control law can not only coordinate surface control and TV control as well as an optimization controller, but can also implement an absolute self-position control for the autopilot flight control. Finally, flight simulations in a high-fidelity aerodynamic environment are performed to demonstrate the effectiveness and superiority of our proposed control scheme.
Affiliation:
University of Lincoln
Citation:
Integrated flight/thrust vectoring control for jet-powered unmanned aerial vehicles with ACHEON propulsion 2014, 229 (6):1057 Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering
Journal:
Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineering
Issue Date:
29
DOI:
10.1177/0954410014544179
Additional Links:
http://pig.sagepub.com/lookup/doi/10.1177/0954410014544179
Type:
Article
Language:
en
ISSN:
0954-4100; 2041-3025
Sponsors:
The present work was performed as part of Project ACHEON with ref. 309041, supported by European Union through the 7th Framework Program.
Appears in Collections:
Institute for Innovation in Sustainable Engineering

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dc.contributor.authorCen, Z.en
dc.contributor.authorSmith, T.en
dc.contributor.authorStewart, P.en
dc.contributor.authorStewart, J.en
dc.date.accessioned2016-05-16T13:32:41Zen
dc.date.available2016-05-16T13:32:41Zen
dc.date.issued29/07/2014en
dc.identifier.citationIntegrated flight/thrust vectoring control for jet-powered unmanned aerial vehicles with ACHEON propulsion 2014, 229 (6):1057 Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineeringen
dc.identifier.issn0954-4100en
dc.identifier.issn2041-3025en
dc.identifier.doi10.1177/0954410014544179en
dc.description.abstractAs a new alternative to tilting rotors or turbojet vector mechanical oriented nozzles, ACHEON (Aerial Coanda High Efficiency Orienting-jet Nozzle) has enormous advantages because it is free of moving elements and highly effective for Vertical/Short-Take-Off and Landing (V/STOL) aircraft. In this paper, an integrated flight/ thrust vectoring control scheme for a jet powered Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) with an ACHEON nozzle is proposed to assess its suitability in jet aircraft flight applications. Firstly, a simplified Thrust-Vectoring (TV) population model is built based on CFD simulation data and parameter identification. Secondly, this TV propulsion model is embedded as a jet actuator for a benchmark fixed-wing ‘Aerosonde’ UAV, and then a four “cascaded-loop” controller, based on nonlinear dynamic inversion (NDI), is designed to individually control the angular rates (in the body frame), attitude angles (in the wind frame), track angles (in the navigation frame), and position (in the earth-centered frame) . Unlike previous research on fixed-wing UAV flight controls or TV controls, our proposed four-cascaded NDI control law can not only coordinate surface control and TV control as well as an optimization controller, but can also implement an absolute self-position control for the autopilot flight control. Finally, flight simulations in a high-fidelity aerodynamic environment are performed to demonstrate the effectiveness and superiority of our proposed control scheme.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThe present work was performed as part of Project ACHEON with ref. 309041, supported by European Union through the 7th Framework Program.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.relation.urlhttp://pig.sagepub.com/lookup/doi/10.1177/0954410014544179en
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineeringen
dc.subjectThrust vectoringen
dc.subjectUAVen
dc.titleIntegrated flight/thrust vectoring control for jet-powered unmanned aerial vehicles with ACHEON propulsionen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentUniversity of Lincolnen
dc.identifier.journalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part G: Journal of Aerospace Engineeringen
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