Nonlinear optimal adaptive transition control of a tolt-prop VTOL UAV

Senipek M., YAYLA M. , Gungor O., Cevher L., KUTAY A. T. , TEKİNALP O.

44th European Rotorcraft Forum 2018, ERF 2018, Delft, Netherlands, 18 - 21 September 2018, vol.2, pp.952-964 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 2
  • City: Delft
  • Country: Netherlands
  • Page Numbers: pp.952-964


Copyright © 2018 by author(s).In this work, transition corridor determination and transition control of a Tilt-Prop Vertical Takeoff and Landing aircraft problem is addressed. Non-linear flight dynamics model of the aircraft is generated using the software Generic Air Vehicle Model. Transition corridor is estimated by using the constructed model and analyzed in terms of power consumption and flight efficiency. Automatic transition flight control system deals with fully automated transition control of Tilt-Prop UAV including uncertainties in system modeling and system parameters. Control system is integrated to a 6-DoF simulation environment. Different transition maneuvers are performed and results are discussed in terms of power consumption and efficiency. Efficiency of the transition controller is illustrated through simulations over the determined transition corridor. It is planned to integrate the nonlinear adaptive transition controller to the flight computer of the aircraft to validate the transition corridor with flight tests and perform automated transition to forward flight. Copyright Statement The authors confirm that they, and/or their company or organization, hold copyright on all of the original material included in this paper. The authors also confirm that they have obtained permission, from the copyright holder of any third party material included in this paper, to publish it as part of their paper. The authors confirm that they give permission, or have obtained permission from the copyright holder of this paper, for the publication and distribution of this paper as part of the ERF proceedings or as individual offprints from the proceedings and for inclusion in a freely accessible web-based repository.