Nonlinear control of a prototypical wing section with torsional nonlinearity Academic Article uri icon


  • With the increase in popularity of active materials for control actuation, renewed interest is evident in the derivation of control methodologies for aeroelastic systems. It has been known for some time that prototypical aeroelastic wing sections can exhibit a broad class of pathological response regimes when the system includes certain types of nonlinearities. We investigate nonlinear control laws for aeroelastic systems that include polynomial structural nonlinearities and study the closed-loop stability of the system. It is shown that locally asymptotically stable (nonlinear) feedback controllers can be derived for the aeroelastic system using partial feedback linearization techniques. In this case, the stability results are necessarily local in nature and are derived by considering stability of the associated zero dynamics subsystem. It is also demonstrated that globally stable (nonlinear) adaptive control methods can be derived for a class of aeroelastic systems under consideration. Numerical simulations are used to provide empirical validation of some of the results.

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altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

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

citation count

  • 176

complete list of authors

  • Ko, J||Kurdila, AJ||Strganac, TW

publication date

  • November 1997