Aspects of multivariable flight control law design for helicopters using eigenstructure assignment

Manness, M.A. and Murray-Smith, D.J. (1992) Aspects of multivariable flight control law design for helicopters using eigenstructure assignment. Journal of the American Helicopter Society, 37(3), pp. 18-32. (doi:10.4050/JAHS.37.18)

Full text not currently available from Enlighten.


Flight control law design for actively controlled rotorcraft presents difficult problems due to the complexities of the system dynamics and the range of design objectives to be met. The use of multivariable control techniques must be tailored to both of these aspects of control law design. The aim of this paper is to survey the wide range of control law design objectives which need to be addressed and to show that they can be satisfied using multivariable techniques. In order to put the discussion of design objectives in context, an eigenstructure assignment algorithm for decoupled tracking systems is presented, along with a brief description of the system dynamics and their influence on the flight control law design.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Helicopter, flight control, multivariable, eigenstructure assignment, active control
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Murray-Smith, Professor David
Authors: Manness, M.A., and Murray-Smith, D.J.
Subjects:T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:Journal of the American Helicopter Society
Publisher:American Helicopter Society Inc.

University Staff: Request a correction | Enlighten Editors: Update this record