Experimental Validation of L1 Adaptive Control: The Rohrs Counterexample in Flight
Gregory, Irene M.
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This paper presents flight-test results that examine the performance and robustness properties of an L1 control augmentation loop implemented onboard a small unmanned aerial vehicle. The framework used for in-flight control evaluation is based on the Rohrs counterexample, a benchmark problem presented in the early 1980s, to show the limitations of adaptive controllers developed at that time. Hardware-in-the-loop simulations and flight-test results confirmthe ability of theL1 flight control system to maintain stability and predictable performance of the closed-loop adaptive system in the presence of general (artificially injected) unmodeled dynamics. The results demonstrate the advantages of L1 control as a robust adaptive control architecture with the potential of facilitating the transition of adaptive control into advanced flight control systems.
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