Autonomous takeoff control system design for unmanned seaplanes

Unmanned seaplanes are special kinds of fixed-wing airplanes which can achieve autonomous takeoff and landing on water. Due to complicated hydrodynamic forces and unpredictable sea states, researches on modeling, dynamic analysis and controller design are still facing great challenges. In this paper, the dynamic characteristics and motion stability of the unmanned seaplane are firstly analyzed based on a nonlinear mathematical model. The proposed autonomous takeoff control system consists of two main parts: T-S fuzzy identification and generalized predictive control (GPC). A linear CARIMA model obtained through T-S fuzzy identification is used to represent the dynamic characteristics in different motion stages. Wave forecasting is considered in the GPC algorithm to improve the anti-waves capability and avoid unstable phenomena in high sea states. Simulations are performed in three different wave conditions, including calm water, regular wave and irregular wave. Moreover, GPC controller is compared with other disturbance rejection control solutions. The simulation results show that the proposed controller has good performances for autonomous takeoff of the unmanned seaplane.


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  • Accession Number: 01531155
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 24 2014 3:18PM