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GA tuning of pitch controller for small scale MAVs

By N Essex, M P Foster, Chris Bingham and C Kuo


The paper presents the application of intelligent tuning methods for the control of a prototype MAV in order to address problems associated with bandwidth limited actuators and gust alleviation. Specifically, as a proof of concept, the investigation is focused on the pitch control of a MAV. The work is supported by experimental results from wind tunnel testing that shows the merits of the use of Genetic Algorithm (GA) tuning techniques compared to classical, empirical tuning methodologies. To provide a measure of relative merit, the controller responses are evaluated using the ITAE performance index. In this way, the proposed method is shown to induce far superior dynamic performance compared to traditional approaches

Topics: H660 Control Systems, H410 Aeronautical Engineering
Publisher: World Scientific and Engineering Academy and Society WSEAS
Year: 2007
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