Gain scheduled control of gas turbine engines: Stability and verification

Mehrdad Pakmehr, Nathan Fitzgerald, Eric M. Feron, Jeff S. Shamma, Alireza Behbahani

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A stable gain scheduled controller for a gas turbine engine that drives a variable pitch propeller is developed and described. A stability proof is developed for gain scheduled closed-loop system using global linearization and linear matrix inequality (LMI) techniques. Using convex optimization tools, a single quadratic Lyapunov function is computed for multiple linearizations near equilibrium and nonequilibrium points of the nonlinear closed-loop system. This approach guarantees stability of the closed-loop gas turbine engine system. To verify the stability of the closed-loop system on-line, an optimization problem is proposed, which is solvable using convex optimization tools. Simulation results show that the developed gain scheduled controller is capable to regulate a turboshaft engine for large thrust commands in a stable fashion with proper tracking performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number031201
JournalJournal of Engineering for Gas Turbines and Power
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2014
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Mechanical Engineering


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