A Comparison of Nonlinear Algorithms to Prevent Pilot-Induced Oscillations Caused by Actuator Rate Limiting
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT
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The objective of this study was to compare the ability of the Feedback-with-Bypass FWB and the Derivative-Switching DS flight control system filters to prevent PIO during actuator rate limiting, and the filters effects on aircraft handling qualities. This comparison was conducted in three steps computer simulation, ground simulation in the Large Amplitude Multimode Aerospace Research Simulator LAMARS, and flight tests conducted in the Variable Stability In-flight Simulator Test Aircraft VISTA. During computer simulation, the FWB filter better reduced the phase lag and prevented sustained or divergent oscillations during the closed-loop analysis. During both ground simulation and flight tests, the FWB filter was more effective at preventing divergent PIO and improving handling qualities. Overall the FWB filter performed better during all tests.
- Flight Control and Instrumentation