Polynomial Chaos-Based Analysis of Probabilistic Uncertainty in Hypersonic Flight Dynamics Conference Paper uri icon


  • In this paper, we present a novel computational framework for analyzing the evolution of the uncertainty in state trajectories of a hypersonic air vehicle due to the uncertainty in initial conditions and other system parameters. The framework is built on the so-called generalized polynomial chaos expansions. In this framework, stochastic dynamical systems are transformed into equivalent deterministic dynamical systems in higher dimensional space. Here, the evolution of uncertainty due to initial condition, ballistic coefficient, lift over drag ratio, and atmospheric density is analyzed. The problem studied here is related to the Mars entry, descent, and landing problems. We demonstrate that the polynomial chaos framework is able to predict evolution of uncertainty, in hypersonic flight, with the same order of accuracy as the Monte-Carlo methods but with more computational efficiency. Copyright 2009 by Raktim Bhattacharya. Published by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc.

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author list (cited authors)

  • Prabhakar, A., Fisher, J., & Bhattacharya, R.

citation count

  • 75

complete list of authors

  • Prabhakar, Avinash||Fisher, James||Bhattacharya, Raktim

publication date

  • January 2010