Time-scale synthesis of a closed-loop discrete optimal control system

D. S. Naidu, D. B. Price

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A two-time-scale discrete control system is considered. The closed-loop optimal linear quadratic regulator for the system requires the solution of a full-order algebraic matrix Riccati equation. Alternatively, the original system is decomposed into reduced-order slow and fast subsystems. The closed-loop optimal control of the subsystems requires the solution of two algebraic matrix Riccati equations of an order lower than that required for the full-order system. A composite, closed-loop suboptimal control is created from the sum of the slow and fast feedback optimal controls. Numerical results obtained for an aircraft model show a very close agreement between the exact (optimal) solutions and computationally simpler composite (suboptimal) solutions. The main advantage of the method is the considerable reduction in the overall computational requirements for the closedloop optimal control of digital flight systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)417-421
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1987


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