University of Minnesota
Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics
Spring 2001 Seminar Series

Taking robust LPV control into flight on the VAAC Harrier

Dr. George Papageorgiou

Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics, University of Minnesota


This talk describes the application of a new multivariable control system design procedure, linear parameter-varying (LPV) H-infinity loop shaping, to design a flight controller for the pitch dynamics of the Vectored thrust Aircraft Advanced flight Control (VAAC) Harrier. The particular LPV design procedure used was developed by Papageorgiou and Glover and is an advancement of the H-infinity design method successfully flight tested in 1993 on the VAAC Harrier in that the control laws are automatically scheduled over the flight envelope. Automatically scheduled control laws are a strong and very likely candidate for the next generation of flight control systems (FCS). The flight test of the LPV controller described here is the first of its kind in the international aerospace community and is recognised as a key milestone in the general development of next generation FCS design methods.

Friday, February 2, 2001
209 Akerman Hall
2:30-3:30 p.m.

**Refreshments served after the seminar in 107 Akerman Hall.
Disability accomodations provided upon request.
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