Longitudinal manoeuvre load control of a flexible large-scale aircraft

L. Burlion, C. Poussot-Vassal, P. Vuillemin, M. Leitner, T. Kier

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This paper discusses the design and validation of an integrated long range flexible aircraft load controller, at a single flight/mass configuration. The contributions of the paper are in twofold: (i) first, a very recent frequency-limited model approximation technique is used to reduce the dimension of the large-scale aeroservoelastic aircraft model over a finite frequency support while guaranteeing optimal mismatch error, secondly, (ii) a structured controller is designed using an H-objective and coupled with an output saturation strategy to achieve flight performance and load clearance, i.e. wing root bending moment saturation. The entire procedure - approximation and control - is finally assessed on the high fidelity large-scale aircraft model, illustrating the effectiveness of the procedure on a high fidelity model, used in the industrial context in the load control validation process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication19th IFAC World Congress IFAC 2014, Proceedings
EditorsEdward Boje, Xiaohua Xia
PublisherIFAC Secretariat
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9783902823625
StatePublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event19th IFAC World Congress on International Federation of Automatic Control, IFAC 2014 - Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: Aug 24 2014Aug 29 2014

Publication series

NameIFAC Proceedings Volumes (IFAC-PapersOnline)
ISSN (Print)1474-6670


Conference19th IFAC World Congress on International Federation of Automatic Control, IFAC 2014
Country/TerritorySouth Africa
CityCape Town

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Control and Systems Engineering


  • Aircraft modelling
  • Load control
  • Model approximation
  • Output saturation


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