Multidisciplinary control design for a two-dimensional airfoil with jets

  • Brian G. Allan
  • Andy Packard
  • Maurice Holt
Algorithms Numerical Techniques
Part of the Lecture Notes in Physics book series (LNP, volume 490)


Numerical simulation of a two-dimensional airfoil controlled by jets near the trailing edge is investigated. This simulation couples the Reynolds-averaged Navier Stokes equations with Euler’s equations of rigid-body motion and an active control system. Robust control design techniques were used to develop a controller for tracking altitude commands. Simulation of the controller with the coupled system showed good tracking performance for a step input command in altitude. However, the linear model was unable to capture the nonlinear nature of this system producing mild oscillations in the attitude, pitch rate, and vertical velocity of the airfoil.


Mass Flow Rate AIAA Paper Robust Controller Performance Weight Pitch Rate 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Brian G. Allan
    • 1
  • Andy Packard
    • 1
  • Maurice Holt
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaBerkeley

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