Model Updating Nonlinear System Identification Toolbox

Award Information
Agency: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch: N/A
Contract: NND06AA03C
Agency Tracking Number: 041184
Amount: $599,875.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2006
Solicitation Year: 2004
Solicitation Topic Code: A2.08
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Zona Technology, Inc.
9489 E. Ironwood Square Drive, Suite 100, Scottsdale, AZ, 85258-4578
DUNS: 18210
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Dario Baldelli
 Principal Investigator
 (480) 945-9988
 dario@zonatech.com
Business Contact
 Darius Sarhaddi
Title: Business Official
Phone: (480) 945-9988
Email: darius@zonatech.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
ZONA Technology (ZONA) proposes to develop an enhanced model updating nonlinear system identification (MUNSID) methodology that utilizes flight data with state-of-the-art control oriented techniques. The MUNSID toolbox augments the current match-point solution approach using the mu-analysis method with identified nonlinear operators. The procedure calls for a high-fidelity linear aeroelastic model to be tuned quickly with available aeroelastic/aeroservoelastic flight data sets, while block-oriented models are used to highlight the underlying nonlinear structure of the dynamic system. This framework is capable of accounting for several nonlinearities including those due to aerodynamics, structures, control/actuator, and/or geometry. Specifically, this on-line Flutter/LCO predictor can be used to accurately estimate a supercritical LCO case if the global nonlinear dynamic behavior is described throughout a hardening nonlinearity, as well as a more dangerous dynamic behavior, denoted as subcritical LCO, could be developed if a global softening nonlinearity is identified. The devised MUNSID Toolbox will become the flight control engineer's "every day tool" to predict on-line Flutter/LCO phenomena. In Phase II, MUNSID will be updated with fast and computationally efficient routines for system modeling, LFT representation, identification of nonlinearity, estimation of uncertainty, and stability analysis. Deliverables include the MUNSID production software including a GUI, a library of S-functions, and the related user manuals.

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