Temporal Prediction of Aircraft Loss-of-Control: A Dynamic Optimization Approach


Loss of Control (LOC) is the primary factor responsible for the majority of fatal air accidents during past decade. LOC is characterized by the pilot’s inability to control the aircraft and is typically associated with unpredictable behavior, potentially leading to loss of the aircraft and life. In this work, the minimum time dynamic optimization problem to LOC is treated using Pontryagin’s Maximum Principle (PMP). The resulting two point boundary value problem is solved using stochastic shooting point methods via a differential evolution scheme (DE). The minimum time until LOC metric is computed for corresponding spatial control limits. Simulations are performed using a linearized longitudinal aircraft model to illustrate the concept.

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Poolla, C. and Ishihara, A. (2015) Temporal Prediction of Aircraft Loss-of-Control: A Dynamic Optimization Approach. Intelligent Control and Automation, 6, 241-248. doi: 10.4236/ica.2015.64023.

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