School of Engineering and Information Technology

Control of Hypersonic Vehicles

This research is concerned with the application of methods of robust and nonlinear control theory to the problem of designing a flight control systems for a hypersonic vehicle. Using existing models available in the literature, the method of feedback linearization can be applied to design a flight control system. However, the available models are know to be highly inaccurate due to a lack of experimental data. Hence, in this research, the feedback linearization method is combined with uncertainty modelling and minimax optimal control methods to design nonlinear robust controllers for hypersonic vehicles. One PhD student is currently working on this project.

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Other research projects for Control Theory and Control Applications during 2010:

 Risk-sensitivity conditions for stochastic uncertain model validation.
 Local Mode Dependent Decentralized Stabilization of Uncertain Markovian Jump Large-scale Systems.
 Autonomous deployment and recovery of rotary wing UAVs from moving platforms
 Renewable Energy: Robust Control: for Voltage Stability, Available Transfer Capacity, and Low Voltage Ride Through
 Agricultural robotics
 Robust Feedback Control in Quantum Technology
 Negative Imaginary Systems and the Control of Flexible structures and Nano-positioning