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Differential geometry based active fault tolerant control for aircraft

By P. Castaldi, N. Mimmo and S. Simani


This work shows how to use a differential geometry tool to design a novel nonlinear active fault tolerant flight control system for aircraft. The proposed control scheme consists of two main subsystems: a controller, which is designed for the nominal plant, and a fault detection and diagnosis module, which provides fault estimation. A further feedback loop exploits the fault estimation to accommodate faults affecting the system. The estimate convergence and the stability of the active fault tolerant flight controller are theoretically proved. Finally, high fidelity simulations show the effectiveness of the scheme

Topics: Active fault tolerant control, Aircraft, Differential geometry, Disturbance decoupling, Fault diagnosis, Non-linear geometric approach
Year: 2014
DOI identifier: 10.1016/j.conengprac.2013.12.011
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