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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Advanced aircraft designs tend to have several control surfaces or devices that affect the flight of the aircraft. It is difficult or even impossible for a pilot to directly control each of these devices and fly the aircraft well. Therefore, a control mapping logic is needed to take typical pilot commands and map them to what the control devices should do to achieve the pilot’s commands. This work presents a methodology for determining this control mapping logic using two different approaches. The first uses a theoretical approach based on lifting-line theory, while the second leverages computational methods. The methodology consists of computing optimal control configurations for a wide range of flight conditions and then curve fitting that data to obtain control mapping functions that act as the control mapping logic. Example results are given for a typical aircraft configuration as well as a flying wing configuration.
Montgomery, Zachary S., "Control Mapping Methodology for Tailless Morphing-Wing Aircraft" (2022). All Graduate Theses and Dissertations. 8599.
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