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Title: Design and implementation of a robust and nonlinear flight control system for an unmanned helicopter
Authors: Cai, G. 
Chen, B.M. 
Dong, X.
Lee, T.H. 
Keywords: Flight control
Nonlinear flight dynamics
Robust control
Unmanned aerial vehicles
Unmanned systems
Issue Date: Aug-2011
Citation: Cai, G., Chen, B.M., Dong, X., Lee, T.H. (2011-08). Design and implementation of a robust and nonlinear flight control system for an unmanned helicopter. Mechatronics 21 (5) : 803-820. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In this work, we focus on the design and implementation of a robust flight control system for an unmanned helicopter. A comprehensive nonlinear model for an unmanned helicopter system, which is built by our research team at the National University of Singapore, is first presented. A three-layer control architecture is then adopted to construct an automatic flight control system for the aircraft, which includes (1) an inner-loop controller designed using the H∞ control technique to internally stabilize the aircraft and at the same time yield good robustness properties with respect to external disturbances, (2) a nonlinear outer-loop controller to effectively control the helicopter position and yaw angle in the overall flight envelope, and lastly, (3) a flight-scheduling layer for coordinating flight missions. Design specifications for military rotorcraft set for the US army aviation are utilized throughout the whole process to guarantee a top level performance. The result of actual flight tests shows our design is very successful. The unmanned helicopter system is capable of achieving the desired performance in accordance with the military standard under examination. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Mechatronics
ISSN: 09574158
DOI: 10.1016/j.mechatronics.2011.02.002
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