Flight dynamics, parametric modelling and real-time control of a 1-DOF Tailplane

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This article presents aerodynamic modelling and real-time control of a 1-degree-of-freedom free to pitch Tailplane. The system is designed to serve as an experimental test facility for investigating flight dynamics principles, model validation and different feedback control paradigms. A high-fidelity plant model is an important first step in many flight-related applications such as control system design, analyses and pilot training. To achieve these objectives, a detailed study is conducted employing analytical as well as system identification (SI) techniques. Analytical approach although less accurate complements SI process. This synergy is exploited along with statistical and time domain tests to arrive at a high-fidelity model. It is demonstrated that such an integrated approach is suitable for modelling a class of unmanned air vehicles. The SI model is then employed for controller synthesis. Finally, real-time pitch control under stick command is demonstrated utilizing classical proportional integrator control law.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-237
Number of pages18
JournalMathematical and Computer Modelling of Dynamical Systems
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • aerodynamic modelling
  • linear system identification
  • real-time control
  • unmanned air vehicles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Software
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics


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