Flexible kiteplane modeling and control with an unsteady aerodynamic model

Ryan James Caverly, James Richard Forbes

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This paper considers dynamic modeling and control of a flexible kiteplane used for wind-energy harvesting. Each component of the kiteplane is modeled separately and is then constrained to the other components using the null-space method. The flexible wings are modeled as thin plates with bending and torsional stiffness. An unsteady aerodynamic model is included to increase the fidelity of the simulation under transient conditions. A proportional-integral-derivative (PID) attitude control law is implemented that uses the direction cosine matrix (DCM) directly and proportional-integral (PI) control is used to track a desired tether reel-in rate. Numerical simulation of the closed-loop system demonstrate the kiteplane's ability to harvest wind energy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2016 American Control Conference, ACC 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781467386821
StatePublished - Jul 28 2016
Externally publishedYes
Event2016 American Control Conference, ACC 2016 - Boston, United States
Duration: Jul 6 2016Jul 8 2016

Publication series

NameProceedings of the American Control Conference
ISSN (Print)0743-1619


Other2016 American Control Conference, ACC 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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