hover-to-cruise conversion for a tilt-wing rotorcraft

Jeffrey J. Dickeson, David R. Mix, John S. Koenig, Karen M. Linda, Oguzhan Cifdaloz, Valana Wells, Armando Rodriguez

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Abstract

This paper describes the development of robust, multi-variable ℋ control systems for the conversion of the High-Speed Autonomous Rotorcraft Vehicle (HARVee), an experimental tilt-wing aircraft. Tilt-wing rotorcraft combine the high-speed cruise capabilities of a conventional airplane with the hovering capabilities of a helicopter by rotating their wings at the fuselage. Changing between cruise and hover flight modes in mid-air is referred to as the conversion process, or simply conversion. A nonlinear aerodynamic model was previously developed that captures the unique dynamics of the tilt-wing aircraft. An ℋ design methodology was used to develop cruise and hover control systems because it directly addresses multi-variable and robust design issues. The development of these control systems was governed not only by performance specifications at each particular operating point, but also by the unique requirements of a gain-scheduled conversion control system. The cruise and hover control designs form the basis for the conversion control system. The performance of the resulting conversion closed-loop systems is analyzed in the frequency and time domains. A tilt-wing rotorcraft Modeling, Simulation, Animation, and Real-Time Control (MoSART) software environment provides 3D visualization of the vehicle's dynamics. The environment is useful for conceptualizing the natural rotorcraft dynamics and for gaining an intuitive understanding of the closed-loop system performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 44th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, and the European Control Conference, CDC-ECC '05
Pages6486-6491
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
Event44th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, and the European Control Conference, CDC-ECC '05 - Seville, Spain
Duration: Dec 12 2005Dec 15 2005

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 44th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, and the European Control Conference, CDC-ECC '05
Volume2005

Other

Other44th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, and the European Control Conference, CDC-ECC '05
CountrySpain
CitySeville
Period12/12/0512/15/05

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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    Dickeson, J. J., Mix, D. R., Koenig, J. S., Linda, K. M., Cifdaloz, O., Wells, V., & Rodriguez, A. (2005). hover-to-cruise conversion for a tilt-wing rotorcraft. In Proceedings of the 44th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, and the European Control Conference, CDC-ECC '05 (pp. 6486-6491). [1583202] (Proceedings of the 44th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, and the European Control Conference, CDC-ECC '05; Vol. 2005). https://doi.org/10.1109/CDC.2005.1583202