Stability and control of a structurally nonlinear aeroelastic system Academic Article uri icon


  • The authors examine the stability properties of a class of nonlinear controls derived via feedback linearization techniques for a structurally nonlinear prototypical two-dimensional wing section. In the case in which the wing section has a single trailing-edge control surface, the stability of partial feedback linearization to achieve plunge primary control is studied. It is shown for this case that the zero dynamics associated with the closed-loop system response are locally asymptotically stable for a range of flow speeds and elastic axis locations. However, there exist locations of the elastic axis and speeds of the subsonic/incompressible flow for which this simple feedback strategy exhibits a wide range of bifurcation phenomena. Both Hopf and pitchfork bifurcations evolve parametrically in terms of the flow speed and clastic axis location. In the case in which the wing section has two control surfaces, the global stability of adaptive control techniques derived from full feedback linearization is studied. In comparison with partial or full feedback linearization techniques, the adaptive control strategies presented do not require explicit knowledge of the form of the structural nonlinearity.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Ko, J. W., Strganac, T. W., & Kurdila, A. J.

citation count

  • 124

complete list of authors

  • Ko, JW||Strganac, TW||Kurdila, AJ

publication date

  • September 1998