Systems Theory and Automatic Control

MPC and real-time LIDAR onboard measurement technology for more comfortable Aircraft

Aircraft structures are required to sustain critical loading conditions during maneuvers or when flying through atmospheric turbulence. Gust Load Alleviation (GLA) system can be used to reduce the dynamic response to gusts and by that alleviate critical design loads and improve the ride comfort and equipment functionality.

The aim of the Master's thesis is to exploit a Model Predictive Control (MPC) framework to address GLA for lighter, more comfortable aircraft. The performance of the model-predictive control is further improved by introducing an additional feedback loop (LIDAR onboard measurement ) to increase the prediction accuracy.

The following main items should be covered:

1) Literature research and familiarization with aero-servo-elastic aircraft modelling.
2) Derivation of reduced linear and nonlinear models suitable for design of MPC.
3) Development of an MPC controller for the derived model in order to minimizing loads at selected stations.
4) Evaluation of MPC controller performance via simulations.

LIDAR: LIght Detection And Ranging.

Topic Area:

Modeling, Predictive Control, Optimization

Helpful/Required Prerequisites:

Lectures: systems & control theory (nonlinear control, optimal control)
Experience with: Matlab, C++

Project Start:

immediate start

Estimated time requirements:

Literature search & Modelling: 20%
Controller design: 40%
Validation: 40%


Mohamed Ibrahim