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Control of a Nonlinear Pressure-Regulating Engine Bleed Valve in Aircraft Air Management Systems

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John R. Cooper, Chengyu Cao, Jiong Tang

University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Paper No. DSCC2013-4011, pp. V001T15A013; 6 pages
  • ASME 2013 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference
  • Volume 1: Aerial Vehicles; Aerospace Control; Alternative Energy; Automotive Control Systems; Battery Systems; Beams and Flexible Structures; Biologically-Inspired Control and its Applications; Bio-Medical and Bio-Mechanical Systems; Biomedical Robots and Rehab; Bipeds and Locomotion; Control Design Methods for Adv. Powertrain Systems and Components; Control of Adv. Combustion Engines, Building Energy Systems, Mechanical Systems; Control, Monitoring, and Energy Harvesting of Vibratory Systems
  • Palo Alto, California, USA, October 21–23, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5612-3
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


This paper presents an adaptive control algorithm, based on the ℒ1 adaptive control method, for controlling the pressure of engine bleed air in a commercial aircraft. The pressure is affected by a control valve that is part of a larger air management system which includes control valves for temperature and flow rate as well as a heat exchanger or precooler. A system model is presented including valve hysteresis due to backlash and dry friction. Simulations are conducted for a control valve subject to unmeasured disturbance, and the adaptive control results are compared to those of a traditional proportional-integral controller.

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