Aircraft Control Augmentation and Health Monitoring Using FADS Technology

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$69,020.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NND06AA23C
Award Id:
77716
Agency Tracking Number:
054408
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
2205 229th Place, Boone, IA, 50036
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
141872965
Principal Investigator:
Jerry Vogel
Principal Investigator
(515) 292-3578
vogel@iastate.edu
Business Contact:
Atul Kelkar
Business Official
(515) 292-3578
akelkar@vibroacoustics-solutions.net
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
This Phase I research proposal is aimed at demonstrating the feasibility of an innovative architecture comprising control augmentation and on-line health monitoring system. This architecture integrats Flush Air Data System (FADS) with Reconfigurable Generalized Predictive Control (RGPC) technologies. The Phase 1 effort includes identification and description of all supporting modules, their functionality and associated algorithm structures, connectivity, and final simulations using a specific aircraft for system performance evaluations. Proof-of-concept study will include demonstrating the capability using selected aircraft health degradation and/or failure situations. The concept innovation is derived from the prognostic nature of the system feedback used by the controller for applying corrective aircraft control. In traditional controllers the errant transients possessing loss of control potential are detected after the fact and corrective actions for recovery are commanded by controller posteriori. The proposed system performs a real-time autonomous monitoring of aircraft surface pressure fields that contain precursor information for prediction of incipient errant transient motions. The proposed system will enable reconfiguration of control based on measured pressure field anomalies that indicate standard control system equipment malfunctions.

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