Robust position control of a tilt-wing quadrotor
Hançer, Cevdet and Öner, Kaan Taha and Sırımoğlu, Efe and Çetinsoy, Ertuğrul and Ünel, Mustafa (2010) Robust position control of a tilt-wing quadrotor. In: The 49th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, Atlanta, Georgia, USA (Accepted/In Press)
This paper presents a robust position controller for a tilt-wing quadrotor to track desired trajectories under external wind and aerodynamic disturbances. Wind effects are modeled using Dryden model and are included in the dynamic model of the vehicle. Robust position control is achieved by introducing a disturbance observer which estimates the total disturbance acting on the system. In the design of the disturbance observer, the nonlinear terms which appear in the dynamics of the aerial vehicle are also treated as disturbances and included in the total disturbance. Utilization of the disturbance observer implies a linear model with nominal parameters. Since the resulting dynamics are linear, only PID type simple controllers are designed for position and attitude control. Simulations and experimental results show that the performance of the observer based position control system is quite satisfactory.
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