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Dynamic Modeling of an Unmanned Helicopter From Flight Test Data

[+] Author Affiliations
Guanlin Wang, Jihong Zhu

Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Hui Xia

Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing, China

Paper No. DETC2011-48836, pp. 1023-1030; 8 pages
  • ASME 2011 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 3: 2011 ASME/IEEE International Conference on Mechatronic and Embedded Systems and Applications, Parts A and B
  • Washington, DC, USA, August 28–31, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5480-8
  • Copyright © 2011 by ASME


Accurately modeling the dynamic characteristics of a helicopter is difficult and time-consuming. This paper presents a new identification approach which applies the modes partition method and structure traversal (MPM/ST) algorithm. The dynamic modes, instead of model parameters of each model structure, are sequentially identified through MPM. The model with the minimum cost function (CF) is chosen from the best model set and is defined as the final model. Real flight tests of an unmanned helicopter are carried out to verify the identification approach. Time- and frequency-domain results of the identified models clearly demonstrate the potential of MPM/ST in modeling such complex systems.

Copyright © 2011 by ASME



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