Hierarchical control of multi-domain power flow in mobile systems - Part II: Aircraft application

Matthew A. Williams, Justin P. Koeln, Andrew G. Alleyne

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This two-part paper presents the development of a hierarchical control framework for the control of power flow throughout large-scale systems. Part II presents the application of the graph-based modeling framework and three-level hierarchical control framework to the power systems of an aircraft. The simplified aircraft system includes an engine, electrical, and thermal systems. A graph based approach is used to model the system dynamics, where vertices represent capacitive elements such as fuel tanks, heat exchangers, and batteries with states corresponding to the temperature and state of charge. Edges represent power flows in the form of electricity and heat, which can be actuated using control inputs. The aircraft graph is then partitioned spatially into systems and subsystems, and temporally into fast, medium, and slow dynamics. These partitioned graphs are used to develop models for each of the three levels of the hierarchy. Simulation results show the benefits of hierarchical control compared to a centralized control method.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAdaptive and Intelligent Systems Control; Advances in Control Design Methods; Advances in Non-Linear and Optimal Control; Advances in Robotics; Advances in Wind Energy Systems; Aerospace Applications; Aerospace Power Optimization; Assistive Robotics; Automotive 2
Subtitle of host publicationHybrid Electric Vehicles; Automotive 3: Internal Combustion Engines; Automotive Engine Control; Battery Management; Bio Engineering Applications; Biomed and Neural Systems; Connected Vehicles; Control of Robotic Systems
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
ISBN (Electronic)9780791857243
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes
EventASME 2015 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2015 - Columbus, United States
Duration: Oct 28 2015Oct 30 2015

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NameASME 2015 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2015


OtherASME 2015 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference, DSCC 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States

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