Date of Award
Master of Science
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering
Dr. John Valasek
Dr. Koorosh Naghshineh
Dr. James Kamman
Masters Thesis-Open Access
This paper demonstrates the development and performance of A Fuzzy Logic based regulator for an aircraft which is equipped with pneumatic forebody Vortex Flow Controller at high angle-of-attack flight condition. The VFC provides the pilot additional control power at flight conditions where conventional effectors such as rudder and differential flaps lose effectiveness.
Fuzzy Logic Control (FLC) is applied to a mixed bang-bang and conventional type control system. This unique configuration ensures robustness of the system and simplifies the controller design. Performance of the FLC based regulator shows a 10.3% reduction in cost function compared to the system controlled by a Variable Structure Controller. Due to the simplicity of FLC, the designer is able to modify its control law without high level mathematical model of the system.
Suzuki, "Fuzzy Based Forebody Vortex Flow Controller for the X-29A Aircraft" (1997). Master's Theses. 4897.