A new control allocation method that accounts for effector dynamics

Ram Venkataraman, Michael Oppenheimer, David Doman

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Given a time history of desired moments, the control allocation problem is to solve for the effector inputs so that some norm of the error between the achieved and desired moments is minimized. Existing methods solve for the actuator deflections, while accounting for Magnitude and rate limitations of the effectors. In this paper, we propose the Dynamic Control Allocation (DCA) Method, that also accounts for effector dynamics, in addition to magnitude and rate limits. We show through numerical experiments that the DCA method allocates the desired moments according to effector bandwidths - that is the slow effectors are allocated the lower frequencies in the desired moments. The numerical simulations also show that the DCA outperforms the existing simplex algorithm based LP method, that does not account for actuator dynamics.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2004 IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2004
Event2004 IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings - Big Sky, MT, United States
Duration: Mar 6 2004Mar 13 2004

Publication series

NameIEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)1095-323X


Conference2004 IEEE Aerospace Conference Proceedings
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityBig Sky, MT


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