High performance linear-quadratic and H-infinity designs for a “supermaneuverable” aircraft

Petros Voulgaris, Lena Valavani

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Recent efforts by the NASA Langley Research Center have focused on expanding the flight envelope of the F/A-18 aircraft. Of particular concern has been the low speed, high angle-of-attack regime over which the conventional aerodynamic controls of the F/A-18 lose their effectiveness. To address this problem, the F18 high alpha research vehicle (HARV) was developed. This aircraft is essentially a modified F/A-18 that possesses thrust vectoring capabilities and hence increased maneuverability in this flight regime. In this paper, the linear-quadratic-Gaussian/loop-transfer-recovery and H, design methodologies are used to design high-performance controllers for the HARV at an operating point within the expanded envelope. In addition, this paper shows how the control redundancy of the HARV can be used to maintain nominal performance, as well as nominal stability, in situations where failures occur.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-165
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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