Identification and control of limit cycle oscillations in aeroelastic systems Academic Article uri icon


  • Nonlinearities in the aeroelastic system induce pathologies such as the observed store-induced limit cycle oscillations found with certain high-performance aircraft configurations. Many previous studies, including efforts by these authors, focus on the nonlinear behavior of the uncontrolled, nonlinear aeroelastic system. These studies are briefly reviewed. However, there is limited study of the active control of these nonlinear aeroelastic systems. Although a linear controller may stabilize the nonlinear system under some circumstances, empirical evidence suggests that these control methods will prove unreliable in strongly nonlinear regimes and that stability is not guaranteed. The development of control strategies appropriate for these nonlinear systems are described. A nonlinear controller and the resulting closed-loop stability based on a partial feedback linearization are discussed. The approach depends on the exact cancellation of the nonlinearity. Hence, an adaptive control method is introduced in which guarantees of stability are studied. Experimental results obtained using the adaptive control system are presented.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Strganac, T. W., Ko, J., Thompson, D. E., & Kurdila, A. J.

citation count

  • 151

complete list of authors

  • Strganac, TW||Ko, J||Thompson, DE||Kurdila, AJ

publication date

  • November 2000