Practical LPV Modeling and Control Framework for Aeroelastic Morphing UAV

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$136,000.00
Award Year:
2006
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-06-C-3607
Award Id:
73218
Agency Tracking Number:
F051-244-1105
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
9489 E. Ironwood Square Drive, Suite 100, Scottsdale, AZ, 85258
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
182103291
Principal Investigator:
DarioBaldelli
R & D Engineering Special
(480) 945-9988
dario@zonatech.com
Business Contact:
JenniferScherr
Assistant
(480) 945-9988
jennifer@zonatech.com
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
ZONA Technology proposed in Phase I a modeling and synthesis framework for the control of morphing elastic wing structures. The merit of the novel strategy to control in-flight large-scale geometrical shape changes while maintaining the overall vehicle stability and control, has been confirmed by ZONA's detailed simulation studies. In Phase II, a recently developed unified aeroelastic and flight dynamic modeling capability will be adapted and applied to model the fully aeroelastic Morphing UAV dynamics. In addition, this formulation will allow the inclusion of stability and control derivatives, estimated through wind-tunnel and/or flight tests, to achieve a higher fidelity aerodynamic model. The proposed multi-loop controller topology assures both proven structure and self-scheduled features. Implementation issues of the synthesized multi-loop controller are readily accounted for using closed-loop pole placement linear matrix inequality regions. A comprehensive suite of software and hardware-in-the-loop tests using representative aerodynamic loads, computed using the unified aeroelastic and flight dynamic formulation, are planned to demonstrate the seamless integration of these of new technologies. Deliverables include the tailored unified formulation for Morphing UAV dynamics as well as the multi-loop flight controller methodology. Marketing the resulting software module will be simplified by taking advantage of ZONA's current extensive customer support.

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