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Optimal Control Allocation for Electric Aircraft Taxi Systems: a Preliminary Study

Re, Fabrizio (2014) Optimal Control Allocation for Electric Aircraft Taxi Systems: a Preliminary Study. In: 2014 SAE Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference. 2014 SAE Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference, 23-25 Sep 2014, Cincinnati, OH, USA.

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Official URL: http://papers.sae.org/2014-01-2137/


Demonstrators and research projects about electric aircraft taxi systems testify the current interest in low- or zero-emission ground propulsion technologies to lower the overall fuel consumption and emissions of commercial flights. Electric motors fitted in the main landing gears are one of the most promising layouts for these systems especially for narrow-body commercial aircraft. From a control theory point of view, the aircraft on ground becomes an over-actuated plant through adoption of this technology, i.e. a commanded ground trajectory can be reached through different combinations of actuator efforts. A strategy is required to choose the most suitable of these combinations in order to reach the best efficiency. This work aims to investigate a strategy for an optimal control allocation during path-following of prescribed ground trajectories. While the most obvious contributor to the optimizing cost function is energy efficiency, other aspects need to be considered such as the thermal behavior of the electric motors, the availability of energy storage systems resulting in a certain possible amount of regenerative braking, and other technical and normative constraints. Preliminary simulations of trajectory tracking based on the presented concept are shown.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/92168/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:Optimal Control Allocation for Electric Aircraft Taxi Systems: a Preliminary Study
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Re, Fabriziofabrizio.re (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Date:24 September 2014
Journal or Publication Title:2014 SAE Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:Yes
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:Landing gear, Simulation and Modeling, Electric Motors, Control Allocation, Optimal Control, Path-following Optimization
Event Title:2014 SAE Aerospace Systems and Technology Conference
Event Location:Cincinnati, OH, USA
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:23-25 Sep 2014
Organizer:SAE International
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:fixed-wing aircraft
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AR - Aircraft Research
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Systems and Cabin (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of System Dynamics and Control > Aircraft System Dynamics
Deposited By: Re, Fabrizio
Deposited On:19 Nov 2014 10:23
Last Modified:31 Jul 2019 19:49

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