Non-NASA commercial applications fall under two categories: (1) Uninhabited aerial systems (UASs) like SensorCraft, for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) and (2) Space, automotive and ship transportation systems. MUSYN or the companies it has worked with have already demonstrated the application of LPV control techniques to aircraft, launch vehicles, automotive suspensions, trucks, missiles and underwater vehicles. All these systems are seeing increased aeroservoelastic coupling due to the push for more efficient, lightweight structures. The software tool develop in the SBIR addresses a unique need that is currently only being addressed by European aerospace companies using proprietary software tools. A Matlab based LPV Control Toolbox would address a need in the US aerospace and transportation communities and complement the robust control tools already developed MUSYN.
The immediate NASA application will be the X-53 Active Aeroelastic Wing (AAW) test bed at NASA Dryden. This aircraft will provide an experimental flight test capability for aeroservoeleastic control research. NASA and the USAF developed this test bed to investigate the use of wing aeroelastic flexibility for improved performance of high aspect ratio wings. The AAW test bed is an ideal facility to use the LPV framework for modeling, analysis, control and simulation. The proposed research will develop an integrated LPV flight control, gust alleviation and flutter suppression system for the AAW test bed. The performance and robustness of the LPV design will be accessed and compared with a baseline aeroservoelastic system.