A Thesis in
Aerospace Engineering
by
Dooyong Lee
Doctor of Philosophy
August 2005
The thesis of Dooyong Lee has been reviewed and approved* by the following:
Joseph F. Horn
Assistant Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Thesis Adviser, Chair of Committee
Lyle N. Long
Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Edward C. Smith
Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Qian Wang
Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
George Lesieutre
Professor of Aerospace Engineering
Head of the Department of Aerospace Engineering
This thesis describes a study in simulation and control of a helicopter operating in proximity
operating off an LHA class ship. This represents the same aircraft ship combination used in
the JSHIP program. The flight dynamics model is based on the GENHEL software and this
flight dynamics model has been updated to include highorder dynamic inflow model and
gust penetration effects of the ship airwake. To simulate the pilot control inputs for typical
shipboard operations, an optimal control model of the human pilot is developed. The pilot
model can be tuned to achieve different tracking performances based on a desired crossover
frequency in each control axis and is designed to operate over a range of airspeeds using a
simple gain scheduling algorithm. The pilot model is then used to predict pilot workload
Validation studies are conducted using both time and frequency domain analyses to
understand the impact of a timevarying ship airwake on the pilot control activity for the
approach and departure operations. The pilot control input autospectra predicted from the
simulation model are compared to those of flight test data from the JSHIP program. It
is found that the control activities are similar in low frequency range but underestimate
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in magnitude in the high frequency range (over 1.5 Hz). There is clear evidence that the
human pilot is continually moving cyclic stick in the maneuver. At this stage of the study
no attempt has been made to optimize the parameters of the human pilot model.
The paper also discusses the application of a stochastic airwake model for more efficient
simulation. This new airwake model is derived from the simulation with the full CFD
of the gust components are then analyzed, and shaping filters are designed to simulate the
gusts when driven by white noise. It is proposed that the stochastic gust model can be used
to optimize the automatic flight control system in order to improve disturbance rejection
in the turbulent ship airwake. For disturbance rejection, a new performance specification is
designed based on the power spectral density of the transfer function from the gust inputs to
aircraft rate responses. The baseline limited authority SAS is modified and optimized using
controller is designed to provide an alternative SAS configuration. The optimized SAS and
H∞ SAS are then tested using the nonlinear simulation model with timevarying airwake.
Time domain and frequency domain analyses of the simulation show that the modified SAS
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Contents
Acknowledgments xv
1 Introduction 1
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2.3 PetersHe Inflow Model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
2.3.1 Background . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
3 Pilot Modeling 34
3.2.1 Hysteresis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41
3.2.2 Deadband . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
4 Numerical Examples 44
4.1 Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 44
5.1 Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 85
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5.4 H∞ Control of a Helicopter SAS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 128
Bibliography 160
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List of Figures
1.3 Momentum theory flow model for axial flight (Ref. [3]) . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
1.4 Block diagram of coupled rotor and induced flow dynamics (Ref. [14]) . . . 9
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4.2 Shipboard approach operation procedures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
4.4 Helicopter velocity [ft/sec]  Departure task (30 knot, 0 degree WOD condition) 51
4.5 Helicopter attitude angles [deg] in the DI mesh  Departure task (30 knot, 0
4.6 Pilot inputs [%] in the DI mesh  Departure task (30 knot, 0 degree WOD
condition) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53
4.7 Helicopter velocity [ft/sec]  Departure task (30 knot, 30 degree WOD con
dition) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54
4.8 Helicopter attitude angles [deg] in the DI mesh  Departure task (30 knot,
4.9 Pilot inputs [%] in the DI mesh  Departure task (30 knot, 30 degree WOD
condition) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 56
4.11 Helicopter velocity [ft/sec]  Approach task (30 knot, 0 degree WOD condition) 59
4.12 Helicopter attitude angles [deg] in the DI mesh  Approach task (30 knot, 0
4.13 Pilot inputs [%] in the DI mesh  Approach task (30 knot, 0 degree WOD
condition) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
4.14 Helicopter velocity [ft/sec]  Approach task (30 knot, 30 degree WOD condition) 62
4.15 Helicopter attitude angles [deg] in the DI mesh  Approach task (30 knot, 30
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4.16 Pilot inputs [%] in the DI mesh  Approach task (30 knot, 30 degree WOD
condition) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64
5.3 Comparisons of aircraft angular rates [dB] (timevarying airwake vs. equiv
5.4 Comparisons of aircraft angular rates [dB] (timevarying airwake vs. equiv
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5.5 Comparisons of pilot inputs [dB] (timevarying airwake vs. equivalent air
5.6 Comparisons of pilot inputs [dB] (timevarying airwake vs. equivalent air
5.14 Comparisons of aircraft angular rates [dB] (timevarying airwake vs. equiv
alent airwake vs. stochastic airwake)  30 knot, 0 degree WOD condition . . 106
5.15 Comparisons of aircraft angular rates [dB] (timevarying airwake vs. equiv
alent airwake vs. stochastic airwake)  30 knot, 30 degree WOD condition . 107
5.16 Comparisons of pilot inputs [dB] (timevarying airwake vs. equivalent air
5.17 Comparisons of pilot inputs [dB] (timevarying airwake vs. equivalent air
5.20 A new disturbance rejection spec design (ex. pitch axis) . . . . . . . . . . . 115
5.21 HQ windows for the original SAS configuration  30 knot, 30 degree WOD . 116
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5.22 HQ windows for the optimized SAS configuration  30 knot, 30 degree WOD 117
5.23 Aircraft angular rate responses [deg/sec]  30 knot, 0 degree WOD . . . . . 120
5.24 Pilot control stick inputs [%]  30 knot, 0 degree WOD . . . . . . . . . . . . 121
5.26 Aircraft angular rate responses [deg/sec]  30 knot, 30 degree WOD . . . . . 123
5.27 Pilot control stick inputs [%]  30 knot, 30 degree WOD . . . . . . . . . . . 124
5.29 Control stick input autospectra [dB]  30 knot, 0 degree WOD . . . . . . . . 126
5.30 Control stick input autospectra [dB]  30 knot, 30 degree WOD . . . . . . . 127
5.38 Aircraft position w.r.t. the spot 8 [ft]  30 knot, 0 degree WOD . . . . . . . 142
5.39 Aircraft angular rate responses [deg/sec]  30 knot, 0 degree WOD . . . . . 143
5.41 Pilot control stick inputs [%]  30 knot, 0 degree WOD . . . . . . . . . . . . 145
5.43 Aircraft position w.r.t. the spot 8 [ft]  30 knot, 30 degree WOD . . . . . . 147
5.44 Aircraft angular rate responses [deg/sec]  30 knot, 30 degree WOD . . . . . 148
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5.45 Aircraft attitude responses [degree]  30 knot, 30 degree WOD . . . . . . . . 149
5.46 Pilot control stick inputs [%]  30 knot, 30 degree WOD . . . . . . . . . . . 150
5.48 Control stick input autospectra [dB]  30 knot, 0 degree WOD . . . . . . . . 152
5.49 Control stick input autospectra [dB]  30 knot, 30 degree WOD . . . . . . . 153
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List of Tables
4.4 Initial profile parameters for the approach tasks from JSHIP program . . . 70
5.1 Gust shaping filters for 0 degree and 30 degree WOD conditions . . . . . . 105
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Acknowledgments
I would first like to express my deepest appreciation to all the committee members for
and fellow graduate student Nilay SezerUzol for sharing their experiences and support of
ship airwake data. Especially, I gratefully thank Professor Joseph F. Horn, my advisor, for
his time, guidance, and patience, which have been uniquely instrumental in the successful
I would also like to thank CDR Kevin J. Delamer, USN and Colin Wilkinson for their
support with regard to the JHSIP flight test data. Dr. Mark B. Tischler, US Army/NASA
Rotorcraft Division, was deeply appreciated for providing the CIFER and CONDUIT soft
ware. Fellow graduate students JunSik Kim, Nilesh Sahani, Derek Brigdes, Brian Geiger,
Youngtae Ahn, are thanked for their friendship and technical advice.
I am deeply indebted to my family for all the years of support and encouragement that
sister and the family of my brother. Finally, I dedicated this thesis to my wife, Kyoungsun
Moon, whose love and support gave me the strength of mind to complete this work on time.
To my daughters, Michelle and Jennifer, I hope this thesis makes you proud.
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Chapter 1
Introduction
Many military and commercial helicopters need to be launched and recovered from a ship
at sea. There are several distinctive problems associated with shipbased helicopters that
can limit their operational capability. For example, the pilot has to takeoff and land the he
licopter from a moving flight deck within the turbulent airwake of the ship’s superstructure.
Since these environments increase the difficulty of the helicopter shipboard operations, the
shipboard operation is one of the most challenging, training intensive and dangerous of all
a set of limits must be established to define the envelopes which safe launch and recovery
can take place. Currently, those limits are determined by conducting flight tests at sea
referring to investigation of all aspects relating to the effect of ship presence on embarked
helicopter shipboard operations [1]. Typically, the dynamic interface tests include analysis
and quantification of the approach, hover, and departure operations under various shipboard
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flight conditions. For example, during hover and landing, the objectives are to investigate
the effects of turbulence and the ship motion and recovery assist system. The dynamic
interface tests are also used to evaluate the adequacy and safety of shipboard aviation
(WOD) flight envelope. The WOD flight envelope depends highly on extent of the winds
encountered. Low winds result in a small envelope, even if the real envelope may be much
larger. Before a WOD envelope is established, a very restricted ‘general envelope’, which
operating conditions [2]. Figure 1.1 shows the general envelope and a typical envelope
Currently the only method for determining the WOD flight envelope for U.S. military is
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by actual flight test. This method of flight envelope definition requires a significant amount
of time, expense, resources, and is limited by the weather and sea conditions. Thus, the
need has arisen to use better simulation tools for analyzing shipboard operations to reduce
the flight test time and cost to establish safe operating envelopes.
Over the last few years, numerous efforts have been devoted to develop helicopter/ship
dynamic interface simulation tools. Such a simulation tool can be used to estimate the best
approach and departure paths, provide improved realtime training simulator for pilots,
and ultimately be used in the design or acceptance testing of future helicopter. Modeling
Rotorcraft themselves are complex and highly nonlinear dynamic systems, but shipboard
operations present further complexity. There are several considerations when modeling the
6. Modeling the motion of the ship for the given sea state and its influence on the
The simulation models that are required to describe the flight behavior of the helicopter
include kinematics, dynamics, and aerodynamics of the helicopter subsystems (main rotor,
fuselage, empennage, tail rotor, power plant, and primary flight control system). Since the
dynamics of a helicopter is highly complex and nonlinear (Figure 1.2), obtaining an accurate
In general, the equations governing the dynamics of these components can be developed
from the application of physical laws, e.g., Newton’s laws of motion, conservation of energy,
to the individual components. The basic formulation can be found in various textbooks
[3, 4, 5].
For the special case where only the six rigid body degrees of freedom (DOF) are
considered, the state variables compromise the three translational velocity components
(uf , vf , wf ), the three rotational velocity components (pf , qf , rf ), and the three Eu
Main rotor
flap, lag, pitch, and wake
Rotor downwash
On Empennage and Tail rotor Rotor Downwash
On Fuselage
Fuselage Wake
On Empennage
X
u̇f = − qf wf + rf vf − g sin θ
Mh
Y
v̇f = − rf uf + pf wf + g cos θ sin φ (1.1)
Mh
Z
ẇf = − pf vf + qf uf + g cos θ cos φ
Mh
where X, Y, Z are the external forces acting on the center of mass, g is the gravitational
L Iy − Iz Ixz
ṗf = + qf rf + (ṙf + pf qf )
Ix Ix Ix
M Iz − Ix Ixz 2
q̇f = + pf rf + (r − p2f ) (1.2)
Iy Iy Iy f
N Ix − Iy Ixz
ṙf = + pf qf + (ṗf − rf qf )
Iz Iz Iz
where L, M, N are the external moments about the center of mass, Ix , Iy , Iz , Ixz are the
The Euler attitude angles add to the equations of motion through the kinematic rela
tionship between the fuselage angular rates and the rates of change of the Euler angles.
pf = φ̇ − ψ̇ sin θ
It is important to note that this six DOF model, while itself complex and widely used, is
still an approximation to the helicopter behavior. All higher degrees of freedom, associated
with the main rotor, powerplant/transmission, control system and the disturbed airflow,
are all represented in a common quasisteady manner in the equations, having lost their
own individual dynamics and independence in the model reduction. However, this process
is a common feature of flight dynamics, in the search for simplicity to enhance physical
Typically, the reduced dynamic model is widely used in the field of controller design. For
example, a six degree of freedom linear model of the Bell 205 helicopter was used to describe
a typical steady hover condition [6]. Postlethwaite et al validated linear model of the Bell
205 helicopter against flight test with integration of uncertainty in the specific frequency
range [7]. Frost et al [8] used 6 DOF and 10 DOF linear models of the unaugmented UH60
at a variety of flight conditions. These models had been previously identified from flight test
data using the Comprehensive Identification from Frequency Response (CIFER) software.
A more complex linear model was applied by Takahashi [9]. The total 23 states linear
model represented the helicopter as a six DOF rigid fuselage with rigid rotor blades each
with a flap and lag DOF. Leadlag damper models were also included. Rotor RPM DOF
and enginegovernor dynamics were not included in this model. Linear two dimensional
quasisteady theory was used to model the rotor blade aerodynamic forces and a three state
PittPeters dynamic inflow model was used to describe the unsteady wake effects.
A 40 states linear model was used as the basic helicopter dynamic model by Ingle
et al [10]. In this analysis, basic model consists of fuselage rigid body modes, flap and lag
dynamics, a simplified representation of blade torsion, first harmonic dynamic inflow for the
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main rotor, tail rotor dynamic inflow, and an approximation for the delay of the downwash
effects on the tail rotor and empennage. The rotor speed was assumed constant and the
quasisteady blade element aerodynamics included the effects of compressibility and stall.
Finally, a 32 state model was augmented with an 8state model of the actuator dynamics.
Several nonlinear helicopter dynamic models have been developed and can be found in
public domain. Perhaps one that is most widely used in dynamic interface simulation is the
GENHEL (General Helicopter) flight dynamics simulation code. The GENHEL provides
operational and verified engineering simulation of the UH60 Black Hawk helicopter [11].
This work was originally developed by Sikorsky Aircraft and documented under contract
from NASA. The solution in terms of helicopter motion is obtained iteratively by summing
the forces and moments acting at the helicopter center of gravity and subsequently obtaining
the accelerations. The helicopter model is divided into components for the purpose of
modeling the aerodynamics(the main rotor, fuselage, empennage, tail rotor). The detailed
The unique problem for helicopter flight simulation is the main rotor unsteady aerodynam
ics. The presence of compressibility effects and an unsteady rotor flow field, even when
the helicopter is moving with uniform speed, makes the analysis of helicopter motion very
complex. Typical issues on rotor aerodynamics include the rotor wake and the ground effect.
The simplest representation of the rotor wake is based on the momentum theory, utilizing
the conservation laws of mass, momentum and energy. The rotor inflow is assumed to be
steady, inviscid and incompressible with a well defined slipstream between the flow field
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generated by the actuator disc and the external flow (Figure 1.3). Further assumptions are
The early representations of unsteady rotor aerodynamics reduced the main rotor’s flow
field to two dimensions. The classic 2D unsteady approximations are the Theodorsen and
Sears functions [4]. The Theodorsen function describes an airfoil oscillation in pitch and
plunge. The Sears function describes an airfoil with a transverse harmonic gust. These func
tions were derived from a nonrotating reference frame. However, they provide a convenient
conditions are referenced and measured, Johnson [12] showed the proper derivation of the
flow field with harmonically occurring blade passages [13]. The lift deficiency function
resembles the Theodorsen function. For high inflow rates, the Loewy function is approaching
the Theodorsen results. The most important result from Loewy is that the wake geometry
v=0 v = Vc v = Vd  2vi
v = Vd  vi
v = vi v = Vc + vi
v = 2vi v = Vc + 2vi v = Vd
Figure 1.3: Momentum theory flow model for axial flight (Ref. [3])
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Miller proposed a three dimensional rotating rotor wake theory [4]. The theory rep
resents the wake as a cylindrical shell of shed vorticity. Johnson discusses some of the
implications of Miller’s results [4]. While the Miller’s theory represents a three dimensional
rotor wake, it can not predict unsteady rotor performance with forward motion.
theory. Pitt and Peters showed a model based on coupled inflow and harmonic blade theories
[14, 15]. The PittPeters model stands out as a premier dynamic inflow model within the
conceptual framework of a global approximation (Figure 1.4). It has been verified on the
basis of flap response data. It can be easily adapted in nonlinear version for use in time
history solutions.
In the most recent work, Peters and He have extended the modeling to an unsteady three
dimensional finitestate wake [16, 17, 18], that holds the traditional theories of Theodorsen
and Loewy. The PetersHe finitestate dynamic inflow theory, also called the generalized
of freedom in a system of first order differential equations in the time domain. Due to
INDUCED
Inflow
FLOW
THEORY
+
+ Angle of Attack LIFTING Circulation and Loads
THEORY
+
BODY
DYNAMICS
Figure 1.4: Block diagram of coupled rotor and induced flow dynamics (Ref. [14])
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its dynamic nature and computational efficiency, the PetersHe model is finding a wide
been implemented in major flight simulation programs currently used in helicopter industry,
such as GENHEL, FLIGHTLAB, etc. In addition, this finitestate inflow model has been
updated using parameter estimation technique by Krämer and Gimonet [19]. The finite
state wake model was validated using measured flight test data for BO105 helicopter by
in the flight dynamics behavior since the downwash field is strongly altered in order to meet
the nonpenetration boundary condition at the solid surface. The most significant is the
effect on the induced velocity at the rotor and hence, the rotor thrust, hub moments and
power required. In general, a helicopter rotor within proximity to ship deck can be subject
to various kinds of ground effect, such as inclined ground effect, partial ground effect, and
dynamic ground effect. These ground effects have been examined using both empirical
Recently, Zhang, Prasad and Peters used an image method to develop a finitestate
dynamic inflow model for the ingroundeffect of inclined surface [21, 22]. A simple ground
effect model for implementation in real time simulations as was extracted from the analysis
using spline curve fitting method [23]. Xin and Prasad developed the dynamic ground effect
model [24]. The partial ground effect was been examined using finitestate dynamic inflow
model by Xin [25]. Xin, He and Lee introduced the panel ship deck model for partial ground
effect [26].
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The simulation of the helicopter in itself is a challenge. The response of helicopter to tur
bulence in particular is more complex. Helicopters always operate in the lowest part of the
atmosphere, where the turbulence length scale is relatively small, and due to the fact that
the lifting surface moves through the local atmosphere, the effects of the disturbances are
critical. Because of this, the modeling of the ship airwake and its effect on helicopter be
havior is considered one of the most significant technical challenges. General characteristics
of ship airwake flow field are unsteadiness, vorticity, large regions of separated flow, and
For many years, numerous studies have been focused on investigation of the ship airwake.
In general, there are three ways to investigate the ship airwake, numerical simulation,
modelscale testing, and fullscale testing. Since all the relevant aerodynamic qualities of
the atmosphere and geometric qualities of the ship are measured, fullscale testing is most
accurate approach. However, this approach is limited by cost and environmental testing
condition. Modelscale testing is more affordable and offers a controlled testing environment,
but both accurate simulation of the atmosphere and geometric characteristics of the ship
are difficult due to environmental and scale errors. A brief history of those experimental
In past years, many researchers have studied numerous methods for the ship airwake
CFD modeling with different classes of ships. Tai and Carico calculated the ship airwake
about a simplified DD class ship using a thinlayer NavierStokes method [30]. The airwake
around an LHD class ship was also calculated with the same NavierStokes method by Tai
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[31]. Modi et al calculated the airwake around the general ship shape using the parallel
unstructured flow solver PUMA [32]. To describe the unsteady flow field around the ship,
turbulent velocity model has been developed and combined with steady CFD solutions
[27, 33, 34, 35]. Modeling of the turbulent airwake velocity component is achieved by
passing independent white noise processes through spectral filters whose transfer functions
yield the desired forms of power spectral density of experimental data. While this approach
provides good approximation for the characteristics of unsteady airwake, it is still involving
Latest advances in the field of CFD make it possible to simulate the full scale flow
field with unsteady turbulence around the ship. Recently, timeaccurate computational
CFD were performed at the Naval Air Warfare Center/Aircraft Division to characterize the
unsteady nature of the airwake produced by a LHA class ship [36, 37]. In these works,
the parallel unstructured flow solver COBALT was used to calculate the fullscale flow
field with different numerical methods. It was shown that the fullscale solutions could
predict the dominant frequencies in the unsteady flow field. The airwake around the same
LHA class ship was calculated using the PUMA2 [38, 39]. It was integrated with a finite
volume formulation of the Euler/NavierStokes equations for 3D, internal and external,
However, these CFD simulations produced a large amount of data. For example, with
three velocity components, 40 seconds of data sampled every 0.1 second, for 55890 points
in the region around the ship, the total number of values stored for a single relative wind
condition was 67,068,000 [39]. Thus, data storage requirements are extensive, making real
time implementation somewhat difficult. A number of recent studies have shown that
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an equivalent disturbance model (e.g. stochastic gust model) can be used to investigate
the helicopter gust response [33, 34, 40]. These studies paid attention to understanding
the aircraft responses with turbulence models more representative of helicopter operating
indicated that there was no significant difference between the complex CFD models and
the simple stochastic models, thus the stochastic gust model is good enough to provide
a reasonably accurate aircraft gust response [34]. The implication of this observation is
that simple airwake representation can be used for realtime application. Furthermore, a
simplified model that incorporates the statistical characteristics of the turbulent airwake
may provide some insight to the effects of the airwake and assist in the design of future
problem of helicopters is a challenging task because the helicopter dynamics are highly
nonlinear, inherently unstable, fully coupled, and subject to parametric uncertainties. The
control of a helicopter is a truly multivariable problem in which one usually considers four
inputs and four outputs with significant interaxis coupling. True multivariable analysis
and design for helicopter control system can possibly provide improved performance in the
onaxis loops while offering good decoupling behavior. Moreover, the use of modern multi
variable control analysis tools allows a more rigorous analysis and, consequently, improves
In past decade, numerous efforts have been focused on multivariable design of helicopter
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flight control systems for robustness. Manness et al used the eigenstructure assignment
method to meet responsetype and dynamic response requirement described by the handling
highgain feedback in roll and pitch axes of helicopter in hovering condition. It was shown
that roll and pitch dynamics have secondorder behavior. Hess applied quantitative feedback
theory (QFT) to the design of the longitudinal flight control system for a linear model of
the BO105C helicopter [43]. This work points out the fact that the inclusion of rotor and
actuator dynamics, while obviously essential to a practical design, does not alter the basic
Bogdanov et al introduced the model predictive neural control design [44]. In this work,
model predictive control was integrated with neural network feedback controller in combi
nation of linear quadratic controller. Recently, autonomous adaptive flight control systems
Johnson[47], and Krupadanam[48]. These approaches show that adaptive controller can
provide a stable, robust, and significant improvement in performance over other control
designs.
Helicopter
Reference
Controller Dynamic
Model
Estimator
The inverse simulation problem has been discussed for a possible solution to determine
the control inputs which enable to complete some specified maneuver [49, 50, 51]. The
integration based inverse simulation method in Reference [50] involves a numerical differ
entiation of the output vector with respect to the input vector for calculating the Jacobian
matrix. Since this approach requires Newton iterations at each time step, the computational
expense increases exponentially when the helicopter model becomes more complex.
the timescale was divided into slow timescale (collective) and fast timescale (cyclic and
pedal). While this approach significantly reduces computational time, it is not appropriate
for long time duration due to accumulation of error. Alternatively, Xin et al [49] developed
the combined technique for inverse simulation by modifying and combining the integration
and differentiation based inverse simulation methods in such a way that the numerical dif
ferentiation and Newton iterations were only performed at selected points instead of at each
time step. In addition, inverse simulation method was integrated with online compensator
to eliminate steadystate error. But inverse simulation can be still time consuming and
Another issue on helicopter flight controller design is modeling of the human pilot. The
development of a pilot model as a dynamic control element that can replace the pilotinthe
loop simulations for workload investigations and handling qualities offers various important
advantages, such as cost and test time. Moreover, any analysis can be done without the
Early research on the human pilot model was devoted to understanding the characteris
tics of the human as a controller of single input, single output linear timeinvariant systems.
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McRuer et al used a set of quasilinear models that are adept at predicting human behavior.
The quasilinear model, socalled crossover model, is very useful for analyzing closedloop
compensatory tracking or state regulation tasks in which human operator attempts to min
imize some displayed system error [52]. Alternatively, Bradley and Turner have developed
a general pilot model called SyCos (Synthesis through Constrained Simulation) for Lynx
MK3 helicopter [53, 54]. SyCos model includes the liner timeinvariant inverse model and
crossover model. The inverse model represents the pilot’s adaptation to the helicopter’s
dynamics. In the crossover model, the pilot adjusts his behavior to compensate for the
perceived dynamics of the system being controlled. Heffley et al [55] and Lee et al [56]
have developed a pilot model using classical control techniques. These studies shows that
the pilot control inputs can be determined using forward simulation in conjunction with a
Computer simulation of the dynamic interface provides an alternative to the current heli
Flight envelopes can be also estimated through simulation. All environmental conditions
can be specified, including sea state, and winds. In urgent operational scenarios, an enve
lope estimated through simulation provides good approximation to support operating ships
Over the past years, there is a wide range of activities associated with simulation of
helicopter/ship dynamic interface problem. Mello et al provided a brief insight into the
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airwake effect on trimmed control positions [57]. Bradely and Turner have investigated the
pilot control activity with SyCos pilot model [53], [54]. ART (Advanced Rotorcraft Tech
nology Inc.) has developed a simulation tool for helicopter/ship dynamic interface testing
[28], [49]. The trajectory generation tool was developed for ship deck landing operations of
a VTOL by Avanzini et al [51]. Benefits of a pilot assisted landing system was demonstrated
by Perrins and Howitt [58]. Colwell provided the effects of flight deck motion in high seas on
the hovering helicopter with Fourier and correlation analysis [59]. Lee et al have developed
The Joint Shipboard Helicopter Integration Process (JSHIP) has been applied to in
crease the interoperability of joint shipboard helicopter operations for helicopters that are
not specifically designed to go aboard Navy ships [2], [60], [61]. As a part of JSHIP, the
Dynamic Interface Modeling and Simulation System (DIMSS) was established to define and
evaluate a process for developing WOD flight envelopes. Using the DIMSS, the fidelity stan
dards for the shipboard launch and recovery tasks have been discussed for combination of an
LHA class ship and the UH60. The goal of this simulation tool is to prove the process for
determining windoverdeck launch and recovery envelopes using piloted flight simulation.
In order to validate the fidelity of this simulated dynamic interface, experimental trials have
been conducted.
Considerable work has done on the helicopter/ship dynamic interface simulation tool devel
opment during past decades. However, there is relatively little work to provide an accurate
pilot workload analysis tool without pilotintheloop testing for the shipboard operations.
Moreover, little work has been focused on how to optimize the pilot model for the helicopter
shipboard tasks. For example, the inverse simulation method is widely used to estimate
the pilot control activity. Although a number of schemes have been examined to improve
the inverse simulation method by combining with crossover model or online compensation,
these pilot control inputs achieved in inverse simulation methods are far from the required
control authority predicted for an accurate pilot workload analysis. Thus, the human pi
helicopter/ship dynamic interface simulation tool that can help both to understand the
potential of helicopter simulation, and to investigate the pilot workload issues in the dynamic
interface. In addition, an automatic control system is developed to reduce the high pilot
workloads that typically result in the flight safety limitations associated with shipboard
operations.
In this new study, through utilizing the optimal control model as a human pilot model,
a tunable human pilot model is designed to observe the relative behavior for different levels
of tracking precision and is designed to operate over a range of airspeeds using a simple gain
scheduling algorithm. This pilot model is then used to calculate the required control inputs
CHAPTER 1. INTRODUCTION 19
for the specified trajectories for shipboard operations in two different WOD conditions.
Then the simulation model is validated with JSHIP flight test data.
Once the feasibility and potential of this helicopter/ship dynamic interface simulation
operating in a turbulent ship airwake. To do this, a new airwake model is derived from
the simulation with the full CFD airwake by extracting an equivalent sixdimensional gust
vector. The spectral properties of the gust components are then analyzed, and shaping
filters are designed to simulate the gusts when driven by white noise.
power spectrum density of the transfer function between the gust inputs and aircraft rate
responses. The baseline limited authority SAS is modified and optimized using CONDUIT
configuration. The optimized SAS and H∞ SAS are then tested using the nonlinear simu
lation model with timevarying airwake. A series of comparisons are also made to provide
class ship is developed. The helicopter flight dynamics model is based on the GENHEL
simulation model to facilitate model improvement and controller design. A higher order
PetersHe inflow model is employed for the main rotor inflow. The gust penetration model
is used to model the effects of a ship airwake on the helicopter flight dynamics.
The GENHEL was originally developed by Sikorsky Aircraft and documented under con
tract from NASA. This model is a total systems definition of the Black Hawk helicopter
and provides handling qualities analysis tool for the Black Hawk helicopter which can even
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the time domain and allows the simulation of any steady or maneuvering flight condition
which can be experienced by a pilot [11]. The overall block diagram of the GENHEL is
The basic model is a total force, nonlinear, large angle representation in six rigid body
degrees of freedom. In addition, main rotor rigid blade flapping, lagging and hub rotational
DOF are represented. The hub rotational degree of freedom is coupled to the engine and
fuel control. Motion in the lag degree of freedom is resisted by a nonlinear lag damper
model.
The main rotor model is developed using a blade element approach with five equal
annuli segments on each of the four blades. In the air mass degree of freedom, a uniform
Main
MainRotor
Rotor
Positions,
Velocities,
Attitudes, … Engine
Engine
Fuselage
Fuselage
Equations
Equationsofof
Servo
ServoModel
Model ++ +
Motion
Horizontal Motion
HorizontalTail
Tail
Control
ControlSystem Vertical
System VerticalTail
Tail
Tail
TailRotor
Rotor
Pilot
Pilot
Sensor
SensorModel
Model
AFCS
AFCSModel
Model
Display
Display System
SystemModel
Model
Figure 2.1: Block diagram of GENHEL flight simulation model (Ref. [11])
CHAPTER 2. HELICOPTER FLIGHT DYNAMICS MODEL 22
downwash is derived from momentum considerations, passed through a first order lag, and
then distributed first harmonically as a function of rotor wake skew angle and the aerody
namic hub moment. The lift and drag forces of each blade are loaded from wind tunnel
defined from wind tunnel data. The angle of attack at the fuselage is calculated using the
free stream and interference effects of the main rotor. These interference are based on rotor
The aerodynamics of the empennage are treated separately from the forward airframe.
This separate formulation allows good definition of nonlinear tail characteristics. The
angles of attack at the empennage are developed from the free stream velocity, plus rotor
wash. Additional dynamic pressure effects from fuselage is accounted for by factoring the
The tail rotor is represented by the linearized closed form Bailey theory solutions. Terms
in tip speed ratio greater than square of advance ratio have been eliminated. An empirical
blockage factor, due to the proximity of the vertical tail, is applied to the thrust output.
The flight control system consists of the primary mechanical flight control system and
the Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS) which includes the Stability Augmentation
System (SAS), the Pitch Bias Actuator (PBA), the Flight Path Stabilization (FPS) and
the Stabilator mechanization. The flight control model represents the control system in a
complete manner except for the FPS. In this case, only the attitude hold and turn features
have been defined. The detailed definitions of each component are given in Ref. [11].
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control law development (Figure 2.2). The new simulation model includes main rotor, fuse
lage, empennage, tail rotor and other subsystems (primary flight control system, stability
augmentation system, sensors, etc.). The simulation model provides the simulation of any
So far, the simulation model presented in Figure 2.2 has been updated to include Peters
He inflow model, gust penetration, and pilot model. Details are presented in Section 2.3,
2.3.1 Background
Dynamic inflow modeling in helicopter flight dynamics is a means of accounting for the low
frequency wake effects under unsteady or transient conditions. It has been known for years
that the induced flow field associated with a lifting rotor responds in a dynamic fashion to
changes in either blade pitch or rotor flapping angles. In recent years, it has been found
that dynamic inflow for steady response in hover can be treated by an equivalent Lock
number [15]. For more general conditions, such as transient conditions or a rotor in forward
flight conditions, it has been determined that the induced flow can be treated by additional
The most popular model of dynamic inflow is that of Pitt and Peters [14]. The theory
of PittPeters dynamic inflow model relates the airloads of a rotor (CT , CL , and CM ) to
the induced flow distributions (λ0 , λs , and λc ) where CT , CL , and CM are the aerodynamic
perturbation in thrust, roll moment, and pitch moment; and λ0 , λs , and λc are the magni
tude of uniform, lateral and longitudinal variations in induced flow. The induced inflow is
r r
λ(r, ψ) = λ0 + λs sin ψ + λc cos ψ (2.1)
R R
where r is blade radial coordinate and R is rotor radius. The time histories of λ0 , λs , and
CHAPTER 2. HELICOPTER FLIGHT DYNAMICS MODEL 25
λ̇0
λ0
CT
−1
[M ] λ̇s + [L] λs = CL (2.2)
λ̇c
λc
CM
aero
where [M ] is the matrix of the apparent mass terms (a time delay effect due to the unsteady
wake), [L] is the nonlinear version of the inflow gains matrix. It should be noted that the
subscript “aero” implies that only aerodynamic contributions are considered in CT , CL , and
PetersHe inflow model, also called the generalized dynamic wake model, is characterized
differential equations in the time domain. The “PittPeters” inflow model can be thought
of as a special case of this theory but with only 3 inflow expansion terms (uniform, lateral,
and longitudinal). Based on an unsteady wake model, PetersHe inflow model represents
essentially the unsteady wakeinduced flow through the rotor disk excited by aerodynamic
In the generalized dynamic wake model [18], the induced flow distribution can be represented
∞ ∞ h i
φrj (r̄) αjr (t̄) cos(rψ) + βjr (t̄) sin(rψ)
X X
w (r̄, ψ, t̄) = (2.3)
r=0 j=r+1,r+3,···
CHAPTER 2. HELICOPTER FLIGHT DYNAMICS MODEL 26
where r̄ and t̄ are nondimensional blade radial coordinate (r̄ = r/R) and nondimensional
time (t̄ = Ωt), respectively. The radial expansion function φrj (r̄) has the following form,
j−1
q (−1)(q−r)/2 (j + q)!!
φrj (r̄) r̄q
X
= (2j + 1)Hjr (2.4)
q=r,r+2,···
(q − r)!!(q + r)!!(j − q − 1)!!
where
(j + r − 1)!!(j − r − 1)!!
Hjr = , (n)!! = (n)(n − 2) · · · (2) or (1) (2.5)
(j + r)!!(j − r)!!
Equation (2.3) gives a harmonic content of induced inflow that can be truncated at any
harmonic of interest; at the same time, it provides a complete description of the radial
variation of induced inflow at rotor disk. With pressure and induced velocity represented
by the above expansion, pressure coefficients τ ’s and the inflow coefficients αjr and βjr can
n o∗ n o 1 mc
[Mnm ] αjr + V [Lc ]−1 αjr = {τ } (2.6)
2 n
n o∗ n o 1 ms
[Mnm ] βjr + V [Ls ]−1 βjr = {τ } (2.7)
2 n
2 m
Mnm = H (2.8)
π n
CHAPTER 2. HELICOPTER FLIGHT DYNAMICS MODEL 27
and where [Lc ] and [Ls ] are the induced inflow influence coefficient matrices and depend on
the wake skew angle χ (χ = 0◦ in axial flow through χ = 90◦ in pureedgewise flow).
h ic h i
L0m
jn = X m Γ0m
jn (2.9)
h ic h i
Lrm
jn = X m−r + (−1)l X m+r Γrm
jn (2.10)
h is h i
Lrm
jn = X m−r − (−1)l X m+r Γrm
jn (2.11)
where l = min(r, m), and X = tan χ/2. Note that 0 ≤ X ≤ 1. All sine and cosine elements
(−1)(n+j−2r)/2
p
2 (2n + 1)(2j + 1)
Γrm
jn = for r + m even (2.12)
(j + n)(j + n + 2) [(j − n)2 − 1]
q
Hnm Hjr
π sgn(r − m)
Γrm
jn = q p for r + m odd, j = n ± 1 (2.13)
2 Hnm Hjr (2n + 1)(2j + 1)
Γrm
jn = 0 for r + m odd, j 6= n ± 1 (2.14)
[L] matrix is partitioned such that the superscripts are rowcolumn indices of the r,
m partition, and the subscripts j, n are the rowcolumn indices of the elements within
each partition. It should be noted that these indices do not take the traditional matrix
convention).
In Equations (2,6) and (2.7), V is the mass flow parameter to account for energy added
CHAPTER 2. HELICOPTER FLIGHT DYNAMICS MODEL 28
µ2 + (λ + λm )λ
V = p (2.15)
µ2 + λ2
λ = λm + λf (2.16)
where V comes from momentum considerations, µ, λf are the nondimensional inplane and
normal components of V∞ , and λm is the momentum theory value of steady induced flow
for a trimmed rotor. According to the approach followed for the low frequency dynamic
inflow model in Reference [17], a completely nonlinear version of Equations (2.6) and (2.7)
can be obtained by
as V for r 6= 0.
√
3. replacing the static λm by the unsteady value, 3α10 .
In order for the model to be coupled with blade lift theory, the τnmc and τnms need to be
appropriately related to the blade lift. The pressure harmonic coefficients τnmc and τnms can
then be given by
Q Z 1
1 X Lq
τn0c = 0
φ (r̄)dr̄ (2.17)
2π q=1 0 ρΩ2 R3 n
Q Z 1
1X Lq
τnmc = φm
(r̄)dr̄ cos (mψq ) (2.18)
π q=1 0 ρΩ2 R3 n
Q Z 1
1X Lq
τnms = m
φ (r̄)dr̄ sin (mψq ) (2.19)
π q=1 0 ρΩ2 R3 n
CHAPTER 2. HELICOPTER FLIGHT DYNAMICS MODEL 29
where Lq is blade sectional lift that can be evaluated from a lift theory and Q is number of
blades.
model written in terms of a finite number of states αjr and βjr . The fundamental idea of
this theory and some initial validations have been included in References [16] ∼ [18]. In
this study, a 15 state PetersHe is used. Figure 2.3 shows the difference between PittPeters
inflow model and PetersHe inflow model. It can be observed that PittPeters inflow model
only estimates the average inflow distribution over the rotor disk.
Induced inflow ratio
Advancing Advancing
side Trailing side Trailing
Y edge Y edge
X X
Retreating Leading Retreating Leading
side edge side edge
(a) PittPeters 3 state inflow model (b) PetersHe 15 state inflow model
The gust penetration model is used to model the effects of a threedimensional ship airwake
on the helicopter flight dynamics. There is a fundamental assumption that the velocity field
of the airwake affects the aerodynamic forces on the helicopter, but the helicopter does not
The ship airwake velocity field can be found from output of CFD programs. For instance,
timevarying ship airwake solutions around an LHA class ship [39]. It uses a finite volume
to enhance convergence to steadystate. It is written in ANSI C using the MPI library for
message passing so it can be run on parallel computers and clusters. It is also compatible
with C++ compilers and coupled with the computational steering system POSSE. It uses
dynamic memory allocation, thus the problem size is limited only by the amount of memory
available on the machine. Large eddy simulations can also be performed with PUMA2 [39].
The flow case represents both 0 and 30 degrees yaw angles and 30 knot of relative wind
speed. A 4stage RungeKutta explicit time integration algorithm with Roe’s flux difference
scheme is used with CFL numbers of 2.5 and 0.8 for the steady and unsteady computations,
water surface (bottom surface of the domain) and a Riemann boundary condition is applied
at all other faces of the domain. The pseudo steadystate computations are performed using
local timestepping and initialized with freestream values. The timeaccurate computations
are started from the pseudo steadystate solution, and the simulation time step (480 sec) is
determined by the smallest cell size in the volume grid. The computations are performed
on a parallel PC cluster LionXL consisting of 256 2.4 Ghz P4 processors with 4 GB ECC
RAM and Quadrics highspeed interconnect [39]. Isosurfaces of vorticity magnitude of 0.8
sec−1 for both 0 and 30 degree WOD cases are shown in Figure 2.4.
CHAPTER 2. HELICOPTER FLIGHT DYNAMICS MODEL 31
The 40 seconds of the time history data is stored for every 0.1 seconds to be used for the
DI simulations. Each flow solution file is 41 Mbytes in size, whereas a DI velocity data file
is only 5.2 Mbytes. In this study, the discussion will be limited to how to use the outputs
The ship airwake velocity field from Reference [39] has (81 × 30 × 23) rectangular grid
points with 5ft equal intervals for the part of the ship where the helicopter is expected to fly.
rotor blade elements, fuselage, empennage and tail rotor. The overall gust penetration
The ship airwake velocity field provided by the CFD database is defined with respect to
a shipfixed coordinate system. Thus, the velocity field must be transformed to inertial axes,
and then to the specific axis system used for each of the helicopter component models. For
the fuselage, empennage, and tail rotor, the following coordinate transformation is required.
CHAPTER 2. HELICOPTER FLIGHT DYNAMICS MODEL 32
Linear lookup
algorithm
Coordinate transformation
r wake target r wake
Vtarget = [T]ship Vship
3D uniform grid
wake velocity vector in body coordinate system, and [T ]si , [T ]ib are the coordinate transfor
mation matrices from ship coordinate system to inertial coordinate system and from inertial
For each main rotor blade element, the airwake velocity in blade coordinate system is
obtained by
~rotor is the ship airwake velocity vector in each blade coordinate system, [T ]b , [T ]h
where V h b
are the coordinate transformation matrices from helicopter body to hub coordinate system
CHAPTER 2. HELICOPTER FLIGHT DYNAMICS MODEL 33
Since only finite timevarying solutions of ship airwake can be processed and stored in
computers, a simulation of shipboard operation may exceed the range of the data duration.
To overcome this limitation, the solutions are overlapped with sinusoidal filter for first and
last 5 seconds once the simulation time exceeds the airwake data duration (Figure 2.6). The
approach of the overlapped time history variation prevents any sudden jump in the airwake
velocities at the time when the simulation lasts longer than data duration. If time step of
airwake solution is different from that of simulation program, a simple linear interpolation
can be applied to calculate the airwake velocity field at every simulation time step.
Pilot Modeling
Since the introduction of modern manual control research of dynamic systems during the
1940’s, the control theory which has evolved in the intervening years has been useful in
quantifying controlrelated human behavior [62]. The socalled “crossover model” employs
classical control methods to model human feedback control of single input, single output
(SISO) systems [52]. The method is based on the expected crossover frequency of the open
loop transfer function of the human and controlled process. In fact, Bradley and Turner
applied the crossover model, coupled with inversion control methods, specifically to model
pilot workload for helicopter shipboard operations [53]. The main drawback of the crossover
model is that the helicopter piloting task is inherently multi input, multi output (MIMO)
system.
To analyze more complex manual control systems, most efforts have been concentrated
on the problem of developing linear models for the human controller model in MIMO sit
uations. As regards this problem, two basic approaches have been emerging. The first ap
proach is to extend the classical crossover model developed for SISO system to the MIMO
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CHAPTER 3. PILOT MODELING 35
system [63]. Their approach is based on classical multiloop control theory and depends
The second approach is based on modern MIMO control theory. It is capable of treating
multivariable systems within a single conceptual framework using statespace forms which
are more naturally suited to the analysis of complex manmachine systems, particularly since
the design algorithms are readily automated using modern software such as MATLAB.
The optimal control model (OCM) of the human pilot is applied for MIMO systems by
solving the Linear Quadratic Gaussian (LQG) problem. The pilot control inputs are based
on a compensatory tracking model of the human pilot. An optimal control model is used to
allow realistic computer simulations of the shipboard operations. References [62] and [63]
provide information on the model and introduce its application in linear or nonlinear flight
dynamic models. Figure 3.1 shows a schematic of the optimal control model used in this
study.
UH60
UH60Flight
Flight Neuromotor Dynamics
+ u Hysteresis
Hysteresis
Dynamic
Dynamic 1
+ (collective only)
(collective only)
Model
Model t ns +1
Disturbance
In this study, the human pilot’s basic task is to control the helicopter to follow a specified
shipboard trajectory. To design the human control model, the helicopter is represented with
where x(t) is the state vector, u(t) is the pilot’s control input vector, w(t) is a vector of
external disturbances, y(t) is the output vector (parameters perceived by the pilot), and
The linearized system model used in this study is obtained through numerical lineariza
tion of the simulation model. The resultant linear model is a 24 state model, which includes
9 rigid body states and 15 states associated with rotor dynamics and inflow. For this study,
the model is linearized at every 10 knots (e.g. hover, 10 knot, 20 knot, ... , 140 knot).
Assuming quasistatic rotor and inflow dynamics, the linear model is reduced to a 9 state
/ 6 DOF model of the rigid body motion. The linear model is decoupled into a 3 state
longitudinal model, a 5 state lateraldirectional model, and a 1 state vertical motion model.
Finally, the linear models must be augmented to include shaping filters for the gust dis
turbances and a dynamic model of the SAS for each axis. Integrators are added so that
position and integrated position can be included in the performance index. A schematic of
the augmented flight dynamics model used for longitudinal control is shown in Figure 3.2.
A similar model is used for lateraldirectional control, which includes pilot inputs in both
òx
Gust disturbance ò
Linearized model
(24 state) K turb x
Longitudinal dynamics ò
s + w turb
éu& ù é X u X q  g cosq 0 ù éu ù
Reduced model ê q& ú = ê M ú êq ú
u
ê ú ê u Mq 0 úê ú
(9 state) + q
+ êëq&úû êë 0 1 0 úû êëq úû
Pilot  é X d long ù
Decoupled q
+ êê M d long úúd long
input
model êë 0 úû
Include
Pitch SAS
shaping filter for the gust, 6.2 s ( s + 1)
SAS dynamics ( s + 0.5)( s + 0.143)
The OCM of the human pilot in Figure 3.1 is represented as an optimal linear regulator
in combination with an optimal state estimator (Kalman estimator). Both the estimator
and feedback gain matrix are determined by solving the LQG control problem. Assuming
the linear dynamics of Equations (3.1), (3,2) and the disturbance are white noise signals,
the objective is to find a dynamic compensator that minimizes the quadratic performance
index given by
( )
1
Z T h i
J = E lim xT (t)Qx(t) + u̇(t)Ru̇(t) dt (3.3)
T →∞ T 0
where Q and R are the state and control weighting matrices. The estimator and feedback
gains are readily solved from a pair of matrix Riccati equations [64]. Note that when
modeling human operators it is customary to use control rates instead of the control position
in the performance index. A simple augmentation of the plant dynamics model is used to
achieve this [62]. Details of the complete optimal control model of the human operator are
The optimal control model is essentially specified by (1) the weighting matrices Q and
R in Equation (3.3) , (2) the covariances of the observation and external noises, and (3) the
magnitude of the operation time delay. These parameters can be selected to yield optimal
control model transfer functions. The effect of those parameter variations on the resulting
model is not as clear as in the case of the crossover model of the human operator. This
is due to the fact that the optimal control model parameters are essentially inputs to an
optimization scheme that involves the solution of sets of nonlinear algebraic equations [63].
However, Reference [63] outlines an approximate method for selecting these parameters to
Typically, both the Q and R matrices are assumed to be diagonal. The weighting
parameters in the Q matrix are selected such that each state variable is scaled by its
maximum expected deviation [63]. This leaves the task of selecting the control weighting
parameters in R. In this study, the objective is to develop a pilot model that can be
easily tuned to adjust the tracking tolerance in each control axis, where a high crossover
“relaxed” tracking.
Consider the longitudinal axis where the transfer function from longitudinal control
An approximate but very useful relationship exists between the weighting coefficients, the
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h i1/(n−m+1)
ωBW ≈ K(qθ /rδlong ) (3.5)
where qθ is the weighting parameter for pitch attitude, rδlong is the longitudinal control
weighting, and ωBW is the closedloop bandwidth. The precise definition of ωBW is the
frequency where the amplitude of the closedloop transfer function is 6dB below its zero
frequency value. Equation (3.6) shows an approximate relation between the openloop
ωc ≈ 0.56ωBW (3.6)
Thus, given a desired crossover frequency in each control axis, Equations (3.4), (3.5) and
From the previous study, it was shown that the actual crossover frequencies were slightly
different from the desired crossover frequencies in the OCM design, due to the approximate
nature of Equations (3.4)  (3.6) [63]. In this study, an iterative method is used to obtain the
exact desired crossover frequencies. The design process begins with initial guess of control
weighting parameters based on Equations (3.4)  (3.6). Then the actual crossover frequency
is calculated for the full order model. The weighting parameters are adjusted proportional
to this discrepancy between the actual and expected values of the crossover frequency, and
the process is then repeated. This iteration process is automated in MATLAB, and in all
cases the iteration is repeated until the differences between the actual and desired crossover
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The blocks labeled “neuromotor dynamics” and “time delay” (Figure 3.1) represent
psychophysical limitations inherent in the human pilot. It should be noted, for example,
that rapid control movements are rarely produced by trained pilots. Alternatively, these
terms can be used to account indirectly for the physiological limitation on the ability of
human pilots to make corrective actions. The neuromotor dynamics is often approximated
linearly by an adjustable firstorder lag filter [62]. The time delay represents an actual
delay. In this study, τn = 0.1 is used and time delay is set to nominal value of 0.1 sec.
The procedure above provides a method for designing OCM gains for a single operating
point. In order to operate over a range of airspeeds, the procedure is repeated in 10 knot
increments from hover out to the maximum speed of the aircraft. A simple gain scheduling
approach is used to adjust the OCM gains as the airspeed changes in flight. For example,
the system matrices of controller for 30 knot and 40 knot are represented as
And if the helicopter airspeed is 35 knot, then the final control system matrices are obtained
Control records from human helicopter pilots have shown that there is a stepped appearance
in the collective input [53]. Pilots tend to make discrete rather than continuous adjustments
to the collective lever. This effect can be modeled using nonlinear elements in the pilot
model. A hysteresis is attached to the control leading to the helicopter and deadband
is placed across the error prior to its processing by control model. Descriptions of these
3.2.1 Hysteresis
The hysteresis represents a system in which a change in input causes an equal change in
output. However, when the input changes direction, an initial change in input has no effect
on the output. The amount of sidetoside play in the system is referred to as the deadzone.
The deadzone is centered about the output. A system can be in one of three modes:
1. Disengage  in this mode, the input does not drive the output and the output remains
constant.
2. Engaged in a positive direction  in this mode, the input is increasing (has a positive
slope) and the output is equal to the input minus half the deadzone width.
3. Engaged in a negative direction  in this mode, the input is decreasing (has a negative
slope) and the output is equal to the input plus half the deadzone width.
For example, Figure 3.3 shows the effect of a sine wave passing through a hysteresis
0.8
0.6
(c)
0.4
0.2
(b)
0
(a)
−0.2
(d)
−0.4
−0.6
−0.8
−1
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Time (sec)
(a) Input engages in positive direction. Change in input causes equal change in output.
(c) Input engages in negative direction. Change in input causes equal change in output.
3.2.2 Deadband
The deadband represents a threshold of the perception of departure from the reference
values. The deadband generates zero output within a specified region. The lower and
upper limits of the deadband are specified as the start of deadband and end of deadband
1. If the input is within the deadband (greater than the lower limit and less than the
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2. If the input is greater than or equal to the upper limit, the output is the input minus
3. If the input is less than or equal to the lower limit, the output is the input minus the
lower limit.
Figure 3.4 shows the effect of the deadband element (deadband width = 1) on the sine wave.
While the input (the sine wave) is between −0.5 and 0.5, the output is zero.
0.8
0.6
0.4
0.2
−0.2
−0.4
−0.6
−0.8
−1
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
Time (sec)
4.1 Overview
The dynamic interface flight simulation model has been applied to simulate a UH60A
operating near an LHA class ship. The simulation has been performed for two different
are given in Reference [49], and these profiles are modified slightly in this study. As discussed
in Reference [49], the kinematic profile is determined using an Earth fixed coordinate frame
with the origin at the sea surface directly under the initial position of the helicopter. The
Xaxis is along with the North direction, Zaxis is downward, and Yaxis is along with the
East direction. The target spot of shipboard operations is spot 8 of the LHA class ship
(Figure 4.1).
The optimal control model is used to determine the required pilot control inputs for
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3A
3
9
1
Spot 8
7
2
8
Figure 4.1: Top view of an LHA class ship
given shipboard approach and departure tasks. The OCM of the human pilot used in the
sections 4.2 and 4.4 is designed for the desired crossover frequency of the openloop transfer
function in the lateral (2.75 rad/sec), longitudinal (1.8 rad/sec), collective (2.0 rad/sec),
and pedal (2.0 rad/sec). These crossover frequencies are selected to have similar control
activities from JSHIP flight test. For both departure and approach operations, the ship is
assumed to be still with a steadystate wind of 30 knots for two different WOD conditions
(0◦ and 30◦ ). In this study, 30 degree WOD condition is considered as worst case because
the flight test results from Ref. [2] showed substantial increase in pilot workload due to
Typical shipboard departure procedures include all actions that are required to conduct
flight [49]. Starting from the stationkeeping location, pilots typically initiate the departure
position outboard of the recovery spot that is clear of obstructions. The entire shipboard
1. Phase I : from the stationkeeping position, accelerating to a desired climb rate and a
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3. Phase III : reducing the climb rate and horizontal acceleration to zero, and ending in
In this study, in order to clear obstructions, the departure begins with 60 ft translational
maneuver to the left (port side). The helicopter then transitions to a desired climb rate
and horizontal acceleration. Finally, the helicopter achieves desired level flight speed. The
key parameters for defining the departure trajectory profile are the helicopter initial level
flight speed, initial altitude, and desired final altitude for stationkeeping. The initial profile
Similar to the departure operation, typical shipboard approach procedures include all ac
tions that bring the rotorcraft from a point far away from the ship down to a point much
closer to the recovery spot [49]. The key parameters for defining the approach profile are
the helicopter initial level flight speed, initial altitude, initial distance from the ship, and
The entire shipboard approach task can be divided into three phases:
1. Phase I : From steady level flight, the helicopter transitions to a desired descent rate
2. Phase II : The helicopter maintains a constant descent rate and horizontal decelera
tion.
3. Phase III : The descent rate and horizontal deceleration are reduced to zero, ending
In this study, the helicopter approaches the ship from the port side at a 45 degree angle,
and then performs a 45 degree left turn to align itself with the longitudinal axis of the ship
after it crosses over the deck. This is similar to the trajectory used in the JSHIP study. For
simplicity, the ship is assumed to be stationary in a 30 knots steady wind. Both a head wind
and a wind from 30 degree starboard of the bow are considered. The entire procedures of
shipboard approach are shown in Figure 4.2. The initial profile parameters of the departure
0 deg WOD Vi
60 knot
30 deg WOD
H300
i ft
8 9
45
H
80f ft
Top view
Shipboard approach  45 deg approach
In this study, the helicopter/ship dynamic interface simulation has been performed for three
different airwake cases (no airwake, steadystate airwake, timevarying airwake) in 0 and 30
degree WOD conditions. The ship’s timevarying airwake and steadystate (timeaveraged)
airwake solutions are calculated using PUMA2 by SezerUzol et al [39]. These solutions
present the airwake velocity field over the 3dimensional fullscale LHA geometry.
Figures 4.3  4.9 show the simulation results for departure operation in 0 and 30 degree
WOD cases. The dotted lines represent the no airwake condition, the dashed lines repre
sent the steady airwake condition, and the solid lines represent the timevarying airwake
condition. The helicopter trajectory with respect to the ship coordinate system is shown in
Figure 4.3 for both 0 degree and 30 degree WOD conditions. Figures 4.4 and 4.7 show the
helicopter velocity in NED (NorthEastDown) coordinate system. Figures 4.5 and 4.8 show
the helicopter attitude responses. The pilot stick inputs provided by the optimal control
model are shown in Figures 4.6 and 4.9. The conventions for these control positions are
as follows; full left lateral cyclic, full forward longitudinal cyclic, full down collective pitch,
and full left pedal correspond to 0 %, full right lateral cyclic, full aft longitudinal cyclic,
full up collective pitch, and full right pedal correspond to 100 %. The results show that the
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helicopter trajectory and velocities are very similar in each case. This is because the opti
mal control model of the human pilot is regulating these parameters. These variables are
essentially constrained in the simulation; the optimal control model is effectively calculating
the control inputs and aircraft attitude required to track the desired trajectory. However,
when the helicopter is operating within the DI mesh, there is significant difference in the
aircraft attitude response and the pilot control activity. The steady airwake results differ
only slightly from the results with no airwake in that the trimmed controls and attitude
are different. However, the timevarying airwake results in significant oscillations and pilot
activity, particularly when hovering over the ship deck. This difference in the results with
the steady and timevarying airwake was not entirely expected, since a stationary gust field
can appear to be timevarying to the aircraft when it is moving (and especially to the rotor
blades which are constantly moving). As discussed in the previous section, there is strong
velocity due to bow separation, deckedge vortices and complex island wake for 30 degree
WOD condition. These effects can be clearly observed from results of aircraft attitude
responses and pilot control activities (Figures 4.8  4.9). Note that the differences in the
beginning are due to the different trim conditions. From the results, the 30 degree WOD
condition results in significantly larger oscillations and higher pilot control activity, partic
ularly when hovering over the ship deck. This is consistent with the JHSIP flight test data
[2, 60].
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400
200
Y, [ft]
0 Ship
Helicopter trajectory
−200 DI mesh
−400
−4000 −3500 −3000 −2500 −2000 −1500 −1000 −500 0
400
300
Helicopter trajectory
Z, [ft]
200 DI mesh
100
Ship
0
−4000 −3500 −3000 −2500 −2000 −1500 −1000 −500 0
X, [ft]
Figure 4.3: Helicopter position w.r.t. ship coordinate system  Departure task
(30 knot, 0 and 30 degree WOD conditions)
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100
N
50
V
0
VE
−5
−10
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90
−2
D
V
−4
−6
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90
Time, [sec]
Figure 4.4: Helicopter velocity [ft/sec]  Departure task (30 knot, 0 degree WOD condition)
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No airwake
Steadystate airwake
Timevarying airwake
2
0
−2
PHI
−4
−6 Escape from DI mesh
−8
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45
2
THETA
−2
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45
0
PSI
−0.5
−1
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45
Time, [sec]
Figure 4.5: Helicopter attitude angles [deg] in the DI mesh  Departure task (30 knot, 0
degree WOD condition)
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No airwake
Steadystate airwake
Timevarying airwake
52
50
48
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45
Longitudinal
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54
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45
63
Collective
62
61
60
59
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45
42
40
Pedal
38
36
34
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45
Time, [sec]
Figure 4.6: Pilot inputs [%] in the DI mesh  Departure task (30 knot, 0 degree WOD
condition)
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100
N
50
V
0
E
V
−5
−10
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90
−2
D
V
−4
−6
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90
Time, [sec]
Figure 4.7: Helicopter velocity [ft/sec]  Departure task (30 knot, 30 degree WOD condition)
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No airwake
Steadystate airwake
Timevarying airwake
0
PHI
−5
Escape from DI mesh
−10
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45
4
THETA
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45
1
0.5
PSI
0
−0.5
−1
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45
Time, [sec]
Figure 4.8: Helicopter attitude angles [deg] in the DI mesh  Departure task (30 knot, 30
degree WOD condition)
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No airwake
Steadystate airwake
Timevarying airwake
60
55
Lateral
50
45 Escape from DI mesh
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45
60
Longitudinal
55
50
45
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45
65
Collective
60
55
50
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45
38
36
Pedal
34
32
30
28
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40 45
Time, [sec]
Figure 4.9: Pilot inputs [%] in the DI mesh  Departure task (30 knot, 30 degree WOD
condition)
CHAPTER 4. NUMERICAL EXAMPLES 57
Figures 4.10  4.16 show similar simulation results for the approach operation. As
expected, the attitude changes and control activity are fairly benign in the early part of the
maneuver, when the helicopter is relatively far from the ship. Near the end of the maneuver,
the helicopter begins to interact significantly with the timevarying airwake, as indicated
by the fluctuations in attitude and increased control activity. It can also be observed that
the oscillations immediately after entering the DI mesh are similar for the steady and time
varying airwake. At this point, the aircraft is still moving with significant velocity so the
steady gust field has a timevarying appearance to the aircraft. However, once the aircraft
approaches hover, the results indicate the timevarying airwake results in larger oscillations
and higher pilot control activity than the steady airwake. This reflects the socalled cliff
edge effect [2], where strong shear layers from the ship’s superstructure are blown across
For both shipboard operations, compared to the case with no airwake, the trim condi
tions of the helicopter with the ship airwake are different (in terms of pilot control inputs
and helicopter attitude). These differences are clearly induced due to the ship airwake.
From the results, the optimal control model is reasonably effective in tracking the desired
flight path for both approach and departure operations. The results clearly indicate that
the timevarying airwake has a significant impact on aircraft response and pilot control
activity when the aircraft is flown for specified approach and departure trajectories. The
differences are most notable when the helicopter is operating in or near a hover relative to
the ship deck (stationkeeping). In the past, gust models for fixedwing aircraft simulation
have often used a stationary or frozen field model. This is adequate when the aircraft is
moving at a significant forward speed. However, the model clearly breaks down as airspeed
CHAPTER 4. NUMERICAL EXAMPLES 58
approaches zero. The same appears to be true of helicopters operating in turbulent ship
airwake. The timevarying nature of the ship airwake becomes dominant as the helicopter
approaches hover. And, the 30 degree WOD condition showed a substantial increase in pi
lot workload. Thus, these ship airwake effects can increase the pilot workload and possibly
0
Ship DI mesh
−500
−1000
Y, [ft]
−1500
Helicopter trajectory
−2000
−2500
−3000
−1000 −500 0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 3000
400
300
Z, [ft]
100
Ship
0
−1000 −500 0 500 1000 1500 2000 2500 3000
X, [ft]
Figure 4.10: Helicopter position w.r.t. ship coordinate system  Approach task
(30 knot, 0 and 30 degree WOD conditions )
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No airwake
Steadystate airwake
Timevarying airwake
100
Entering DI mesh
N
50
V
0
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90
2
E
V
−2
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90
4
D
V
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90
Time, [sec]
Figure 4.11: Helicopter velocity [ft/sec]  Approach task (30 knot, 0 degree WOD condition)
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No airwake
Steadystate airwake
Timevarying airwake
Entering DI mesh
−2
PHI
−4
−6
45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90
6
THETA
45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90
−10
PSI
−20
−30
−40
45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90
Time, [sec]
Figure 4.12: Helicopter attitude angles [deg] in the DI mesh  Approach task (30 knot, 0
degree WOD condition)
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No airwake
Steadystate airwake
Timevarying airwake
44
Lateral
42
40 Entering DI mesh
45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90
68
Longitudinal
64
58
45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90
65
Collective
60
55
45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90
55
Pedal
50
45
40
45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90
Time, [sec]
Figure 4.13: Pilot inputs [%] in the DI mesh  Approach task (30 knot, 0 degree WOD
condition)
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No airwake
Steadystate airwake
Timevarying airwake
100
Entering DI mesh
N
50
V
0
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90
2
E
V
−2
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90
4
D
V
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90
Time, [sec]
Figure 4.14: Helicopter velocity [ft/sec]  Approach task (30 knot, 30 degree WOD condition)
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No airwake
Steadystate airwake
Timevarying airwake
Entering DI mesh
−2
PHI
−4
−6
−8
45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90
8
THETA
2
45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90
0
−10
PSI
−20
−30
−40
45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90
Time, [sec]
Figure 4.15: Helicopter attitude angles [deg] in the DI mesh  Approach task (30 knot, 30
degree WOD condition)
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No airwake
Steadystate airwake
Timevarying airwake
48
Lateral
43
38 Entering DI mesh
45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90
Longitudinal
65
60
55
45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90
70
Collective
63
55
45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90
55
Pedal
45
35
45 50 55 60 65 70 75 80 85 90
Time, [sec]
Figure 4.16: Pilot inputs [%] in the DI mesh  Approach task (30 knot, 30 degree WOD
condition)
CHAPTER 4. NUMERICAL EXAMPLES 65
The OCM of the human pilot is designed for three different levels of tracking performance
by varying the desired crossover frequency of the openloop transfer function in the pitch,
roll, and yaw axes. The three different cases are termed “normal”, “relaxed”, and “tight”
tracking. Table 4.3 summarizes the desired crossover frequencies for each case and each
control axis. In this study, the desired crossover frequencies are arbitrarily chosen. However,
it is not necessary to specify exact values, only to develop a “tunable” human pilot model
and observe the relative behavior for different levels of tracking precision.
Three different pilot models are compared for approach operation for 0 and 30 degree
WOD conditions (timevarying airwake model). Figures 4.17 ∼ 4.18 show the simulation
results in 0 degree WOD condition. Figures 4.19 ∼ 4.20 show the simulation results in 30
degree WOD condition. The results of position errors (Figure 4.17, Figure 4.19) indicate
that when using a lower crossover frequency, as in case 1 (relaxed) pilot model, there are
significantly larger errors in the tracking but less control activity (Figure 4.18, Figure 4.20).
This represents a situation where the pilot is under controlling, and allowing the airwake
turbulence to move the helicopter about with relatively little compensation. On the other
hand, when using a higher crossover frequency, as with the case 3 (tight), there is actually
relatively little improvement in tracking performance, but significantly more control activity.
CHAPTER 4. NUMERICAL EXAMPLES 66
This is example of a pilot over controlling the helicopter, increasing workload with relatively
Case 1 (relaxed)
Case 2 (normal)
Case 3 (tight)
40
20
∆X
−20
−40
0 10 20 30 40 50 60
60
40
∆Y
20
−20
0 10 20 30 40 50 60
10
5
∆Z
−5
−10
0 10 20 30 40 50 60
Time, [sec]
Figure 4.17: Helicopter position error [ft]  30 knot, 0 degree WOD condition
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Case 1 (relaxed)
Case 2 (normal)
Case 3 (tight)
60
Lateral
50
40
30
0 10 20 30 40 50 60
70
Longitudinal
60
50
40
0 10 20 30 40 50 60
80
Collective
60
40
20
0 10 20 30 40 50 60
80
60
Pedal
40
20
0 10 20 30 40 50 60
Time, [sec]
Figure 4.18: Pilot control input [%]  30 knot, 0 degree WOD condition
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Case 1 (relaxed)
Case 2 (normal)
Case 3 (tight)
20
∆X
−20
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90
20
10
∆Y
−10
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90
10
0
∆Z
−10
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90
Time, [sec]
Figure 4.19: Helicopter position error [ft]  30 knot, 30 degree WOD condition
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Case 1 (relaxed)
Case 2 (normal)
Case 3 (tight)
60
Lateral
50
40
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90
Longitudinal
60
50
40
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90
60
Collective
50
40
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90
60
Pedal
50
40
30
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90
Time, [sec]
Figure 4.20: Pilot control input [%]  30 knot, 30 degree WOD condition
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In this section, a typical shipboard approach trajectory was simulated. At this point,
measured performance and flight test data for departure tasks are unavailable for verifying
the simulation. Thus, the verification in this section is made based on the flight test data
from JSHIP program for the approach tasks only. The simulation has been performed
for two different WOD conditions (0 degree and 30 degree) with the timevarying airwake
solutions. The approach trajectory profile is modified slightly to be consistent with approach
maneuvers used in the JSHIP program. Since the exact aircraft positions with respect to
the ship are not available at this point, the initial parameters for each approach operation
are defined using the information from the flight test data, and these profile parameters are
Figures 4.21  4.24 show the simulation results for the approach in 0 degree WOD con
dition. The dashed lines represent the flight test data from JSHIP program, the solid lines
are results from simulation model. Figure 4.21 shows helicopter air speed in knots. Figure
4.22 shows the height above ground level (representative of a radar altitude measurement
on the aircraft). The sudden jump in the time history corresponds to the aircraft flying
over the edge of the ship deck. Figure 4.23 shows the aircraft angular rate responses. The
Table 4.4: Initial profile parameters for the approach tasks from JSHIP program
pilot stick inputs provided by the optimal control model are shown in Figure 4.24.
Similarly, Figures 4.25  4.28 show the simulation results for the approach operation in
30 degree WOD condition. The time domain results in Figures 4.21  4.28 are intended to
show that the simulation faithfully recreated the same maneuver conducted in flight test
and to provide a qualitative comparison of the transient aircraft responses and pilot control
activity.
The results show that the helicopter trajectory and speed are very similar in each case.
This is expected since the optimal control model of the pilot is designed to track these
trajectories. The oscillation in the airspeed from flight test is assumed to be sensor noise,
which was not modeled in the simulation. The 30 degree WOD condition results in sig
nificantly larger oscillations and higher pilot control activity, particularly when helicopter
hovering over the ship deck. This reflects the socalled a cliff edge effect [60, 65], where
strong shear layers from the island are blown across the spot 8 with winds from 30 degrees.
This is backed up by qualitative results of the JSHIP flight test program, which showed
that the 30 degree WOD condition at spot 8 resulted in high pilot workload.
The attitude changes and control activity predicted by the simulation and those mea
sured in the flight test are somewhat different in the early part of the maneuver, when the
helicopter is relatively far from the ship. This difference is likely due to the presence of the
atmospheric turbulence in the flight tests which is not modeled in this simulation. There
is also a discrepancy in the prediction of trim when the helicopter is far from the ship.
However, the results are qualitatively similar when the helicopter operates near the ship
deck, where the helicopter interacts significantly with the ship airwake.
Figures 4.24 and 4.28 are comparisons of control activity as predicted by simulation and
CHAPTER 4. NUMERICAL EXAMPLES 72
measured in the JSHIP flight tests. The 30 degree WOD condition results in significantly
larger oscillations and higher pilot control activity, particularly when the helicopter is hover
ing over the ship deck. The control activity predicted by the simulation, and those measured
in the flight test, are somewhat different in the early part of the maneuver, when the heli
copter is relatively far from the ship. This difference is likely to be due to the presence of
atmospheric turbulence in the flight tests, which is not modeled in this simulation.
There is also a discrepancy in the prediction of trim when the helicopter is far from the
ship, particularly in the pedals. There are two factors that contribute to this discrepancy.
First, the OCM pilot model uses a zero sideslip trim for all low speed flight conditions;
whereas the flight test pilot appears to use more of a zero bank angle trim strategy until
the airspeed is very near zero. There are also some discrepancies in the trim characteristics
between the aircraft and the simulation model. However, the pilot control activity results are
qualitatively similar when the helicopter operates near the ship deck, where the helicopter
interacts significantly with the ship airwake. These last phases of the approach maneuvers
are of the most interest. The magnitude and frequency of the collective and pedal control
activity, when the helicopter is operating near the ship deck, appear to have good qualitative
The simulation seems to predict a somewhat lower level of longitudinal and lateral
activity. The increased level of high frequency control activity observed in flight test might
be due to a number of factors including: details in the ship airwake not captured in the
CFD solutions, the presence of vestibular feedback in the pilot feedback loop not used in the
OCM pilot model, or even biomechanical feedback effects due to vibration on the aircraft.
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Flight test
Simulation
90
80
70
Vehicle Air Speed
60
50
40
30
0 10 20 30 40 50 60
Time, [sec]
Flight test
Simulation
250
200
Helicopter altitude
150
100
50
0
0 10 20 30 40 50 60
Time, [sec]
Flight test
Simulation
10
0
P
−5
−10
0 10 20 30 40 50 60
10
5
Q
−5
−10
0 10 20 30 40 50 60
10
5
R
−5
−10
0 10 20 30 40 50 60
Time, [sec]
Flight test
Simulation
60
50
Lateral
40
30
0 10 20 30 40 50 60
80
Longitudinal
70
60
50
0 10 20 30 40 50 60
80
Collective
60
40
20
0 10 20 30 40 50 60
80
Pedal
60
40
0 10 20 30 40 50 60
Time, [sec]
Figure 4.24: Pilot stick inputs [%]  30 knot, 0 degree WOD condition
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Flight test
Simulation
75
70
65
60
55
Vehicle Air Speed
50
45
40
35
30
25
20
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80
Time, [sec]
Flight test
Simulation
250
200
Helicopter altitude
150
100
50
0
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80
Time, [sec]
Flight test
Simulation
10
P
−10
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90
0
Q
−5
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90
5
0
R
−5
−10
−15
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90
Time, [sec]
Flight test
Simulation
60
Lateral
40
20
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80
80
Longitudinal
60
40
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80
80
Collective
60
40
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80
80
60
Pedal
40
20
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80
Time, [sec]
Figure 4.28: Pilot stick inputs [%]  30 knot, 30 degree WOD condition
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In general, simulation requires the adoption of a priori engineering assumptions to allow the
formulation of model equations. These simulation models are then used to predict aircraft
binations, model verifications are required for simulated testing of the helicopter shipboard
operations. It is well known that a frequency domain analysis provides good correlation
between test and simulation data. The most common method of acquiring frequency in
This method has the advantages that it is relatively easy to use and it will work with
any type of signal. In the spectrum averaging method, the Fourier transform is applied to
blocks of time history data, possibly after a weighting function has been used. The Fourier
spectrum is then squared, to yield a realvalued spectrum called the autospectrum (some
times also referred to as power spectrum or mean square spectrum). In this study, CIFER
comparisons against flight test data from the JSHIP program. CIFER is an interactive fa
cility for system identification and verification developed by U.S Army/NASA and Sterling
Figures 4.29  4.30 show comparisons of input autospectra from pilot stick inputs with
those from optimal control model and flight test data. The results are averaged over 5
different simulation runs for different airwake starting points (e.g. 0 sec, 8 sec, 16 sec, 24
sec, 32 sec). In this study, 4 different window sizes (3sec, 5sec, 10sec, and 15sec) were used
in the FFT analysis to obtain a composite average that is accurate over a wide range of
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frequencies. This is a feature available in the CIFER software package. Only the last phase
of the approach maneuver where the aircraft is interacting with the airwake, is considered.
From the figures, it can be observed that there is reasonable agreement in the collective
and pedal input autospectra for the frequency range of 0.2 to 1.8 Hz but the lateral and
longitudinal cyclic autospectra both underestimate the control activities for the frequency
region over 1 Hz. There are some additional discrepancies in the lateral control activity for
the 0 degree WOD case over the entire frequency range. Control activity in the frequency
range of 0.2 to 2 Hz has the most significant impact on pilot workload [2]. Although the
present work has provided a good initial estimate of pilot control activity, some improve
ment is warranted. In particular, it is critical to improve the accuracy of the lateral and
longitudinal control activity predictions in the 12 Hz region. It is expected that this could
Flight test
Simulation
0
−20
Lateral
−40
−60
−80
−1 0 1
10 10 10
0
Longitudinal
−20
−40
−60
−80
−1 0 1
10 10 10
0
Collective
−40
−80
−1 0 1
10 10 10
0
−20
Pedal
−40
−60
−80
−1 0 1
10 10 10
Frequency, [Hz]
Figure 4.29: Pilot input autospectrum [dB]  30 knot, 0 degree WOD condition
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Flight test
Simulation
0
−20
Lateral
−40
−60
−80
−1 0 1
10 10 10
0
Longitudinal
−40
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−1 0 1
10 10 10
0
Collective
−20
−40
−60
−80
−1 0 1
10 10 10
0
−20
Pedal
−40
−60
−80
−1 0 1
10 10 10
Frequency, [Hz]
Figure 4.30: Pilot input autospectrum [dB]  30 knot, 30 degree WOD condition
Chapter 5
5.1 Overview
From the previous section, shipboard helicopters operate in an environment where task
performance can be easily affected by ship airwake, which contains large velocity gradients
and areas of turbulence. In fact, ship airwake or windoverdeck conditions can be a factor
in limiting these shipboard operations. For this reason, it would be desirable to include
tasktailored modes in the automatic flight control system that are specifically designed to
The tasktailored control system lets a pilot fly the aircraft throughout its operational
flight envelope with optimized control augmentation supplied by the system at each oper
ating point in day, night or adverse weather operations. Operating conditions are defined
as points in the operating space of the aircraft with dimensions including, but not lim
ited to, mission profile, mission task, weather conditions, visual conditions, air speed, alti
tude, glide slope, sideslip angle, attitude, gloading, aircraftfailure state, and levelofflight
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CHAPTER 5. TASKTAILORED CONTROL DESIGN 86
controlsystem augmentation. The rotorcraft control laws are tailored to provide a seamless
The use of a tasktailored stability augmentation system could potentially improve safety
for shipboard operations and even expand the operational envelope, by allowing the aircraft
to operate in WOD conditions currently deemed unsafe. The SAS should also conform to
the handling qualities requirements currently dictated in military specifications [67]. There
There have been some detailed simulation studies of the potential improvements of dis
turbance rejection flying qualities using flight test data [34, 68, 69]. These studies mainly
focused on meeting current handling qualities specifications, and did not attempt to extend
the specification beyond the requirements in ADS33E. Although these studies have per
formed disturbance rejection handling qualities studies, very few quantitative or qualitative
parametric studies in the ADS33 handling qualities requirement exist. In fact, there are
little or no supporting data for the disturbance rejection requirements in ADS33 [67]. Fur
thermore, design requirements for rotorcraft handling qualities involve a large set of design
and disturbance response [70]. Many innovative flight control design methods have been
proposed to improve flight control system performance. However, there is rarely an effort
The present work investigates the optimization of a flight control system for the UH
60A Black Hawk helicopter operating in the turbulent airwake of a LHA class ship. A
stochastic model of the ship airwake is derived from simulations with a full timeaccurate
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CFD solution of the airwake. The stochastic model can be used to simplify and facilitate
offline or realtime simulation models. It can also be readily applied for flight control
system design. The main objective is to optimize the automatic flight control system in
order to improve disturbance rejection properties of the helicopter when operating in the
airwake. This could be achieved by minimizing the magnitude of the transfer function from
the gust shaping filter input to the aircraft response. In this study, the gains of a SAS
are optimized using CONDUIT in order to ensure good handling qualities and stability,
while minimizing a weighted objective of gust response and actuator saturation. Then the
optimized SAS are tested using a full nonlinear simulation model. The overall schematic
tomatic flight control system. It is widely recognized that a robust control design can
provide methods for addressing the control problems associated with poorly modeled sys
+
Pilot stick inputs + Helicopter
Dynamics
Optimized to
reject disturbance
SAS
tems. These robust design methods use frequency information about the disturbances to
limit the system sensitivity. However, there has not been implicit consideration of the effect
that airwake disturbance would create. By incorporating practical knowledge about the
disturbance characteristics, and how it affects the real helicopter, then improvements to the
From previous section, the timeaccurate airwake model provided reasonable predictions of
helicopter/ship dynamic interface testing. However, the use of timeaccurate ship airwake
data was found to present some practical implementation difficulties, in that the method
For every grid point a set of time history data must be stored for each component of
velocity. Memory storage can become an issue, particularly if the simulations are to be run
in realtime, in which case accessing data from disk storage may not be feasible. It was
helpful to select a subset of the flow field when performing the simulations in which the
landing spot is known. However, for realtime simulations the pilot might want to access
The use of stochastic airwake model (based on the timeaccurate CFD results) might
be an attractive alternative. The stochastic airwake model can be designed using shaping
filters based on the statistical characteristics of the turbulent airwake. This approach of
capability, and will ultimately be used to optimize the automatic flight control system in
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Methods of simulating the effects of gust on rotorcraft range from the straight forward
(the von Karman and Dryden approximations), as in fixedwing aircraft, to complex rotating
frame turbulence models (SORBET) [40]. Although including gust velocities at the center
of gravity has obtained favorable pilot comments at high speeds, as the aircraft speed is
decreased, this type of gust model has been criticized for its high frequency content and
lack of variation. Improved pilot comment of simulated hover/low speed turbulence has
been achieved through the implementation of complex rotating frame turbulence models
[33]. However, this type of model is not well suited for use in control system design.
simple, empirically based turbulence model for UH60 helicopter [34]. The turbulence model
used white noise driven filters that were scalable with wind speed and turbulence intensity,
to generate equivalent turbulent control inputs. These control inputs could then be fed
directly into the aircraft to create equivalent actuator data traces, which generated aircraft
roll and pitch rates that had spectral characteristics that were comparable to the spectral
characteristics of measured rotorcraft rates from flight test in two levels of atmospheric
In this study, the features of the airwake that primarily affect the flying qualities of
the helicopter is wanted to characterize, while ignoring higherorder flow features that may
only be responsible for vibration and other high frequency effects. Thus, the airwake is
to the von Karman turbulence model. The current disturbance modeling process is similar
to the process in Reference [34]. In that study, a disturbance model was developed by
extracting the aircraft remnant rates due to atmospheric turbulence from flight test data.
The remnant rates were then put into an inverse model of the aircraft to create equivalent
control inputs that could then be fed into the aircraft actuators to simulate response to
turbulence.
The present disturbance modeling effort is different in that the equivalent disturbances
are expressed in terms of body velocities and angular rates, and that the effort focuses
specifically on modeling the gust velocities due to the turbulent wake of a ship’s super
structure. In this study, the nonlinear helicopter/ship DI simulation model discussed in the
previous section is used to extract the ship airwake disturbances. Hover tasks for 30 knot, 0
degree and 30 degree WOD conditions were conducted over landing spot 8 on a LHA class
ship (Figure 4.1). Similar to the method used in Reference [34], the first step in modeling
procedure is to extract the remnant aircraft rates caused by the timevarying ship airwake.
The remnant rates are then filtered to reduce the effects of low frequency drift and high
frequency noise. The overall schematic of current modeling process is shown in Figure 5.2.
A 9 state linearized model is used to create an inverse model in order to extract equivalent
disturbances that recreate similar aircraft responses as the full airwake. The 9 rigid body
state linear model and corresponding linear model without gust effects are given by
ẋ = Ax + Bu + Gw (5.1)
Recorded UH60
Helicopter
control position dynamic
remnant rates
model +
Recorded
helicopter rate
responses Inverse model
Step 1 of UH60
Step 2
Step 3
Check Design Equivalent airwake
pilot inputs spectral filter disturbance that
with CIFER cause remnant motions
equivalent airwake disturbance vector, and G represents a 9×6 gust matrix. By subtracting
Equation (5.1) from Equation (5.2), the remnant state model can be written as
ṙ = Ar + Gw (5.3)
where r = x − xng . Since G is not square, the equivalent disturbances can be obtained
where G+ is the left inverse of G. The resulting disturbance vector gives the best least
squares fit of the overall effect of the airwake on the aircraft. The three velocity components
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of the gust vector represent the average gust velocity over the body of the aircraft, while
the three angular velocity components represent a linear variation of the gust field over the
body of the aircraft. More complex nonlinear variation of the gust field over the body of
the aircraft may not be captured, but it has been shown that this model would be sufficient
The equivalent disturbance model is verified using autospectrum of aircraft roll, pitch,
and yaw rate responses. There appears to be good agreement with the responses from the
higherorder simulation model as presented in Figures 5.3, 5.4. In addition, the resultant
pilot control inputs are analyzed using CIFER. The autospectra of pilot inputs caused by
the equivalent airwake model are compared to the original control responses of fulltime
varying airwake model (Figures 5.5, 5.6). The results (Figures 5.3  5.6) are averaged over
5 different simulation runs for different airwake starting points (e.g. 0 sec, 8 sec, 16 sec,
24 sec, 32 sec). Comparisons indicated that the equivalent airwake produced very similar
The final step of the overall modeling process, is to simulate the airwake disturbances
by passing zero mean white noise with variance one through spectral filters whose transfer
function yield the desired power spectral density (PSD). In this study, the power spectral
density function is based on the von Karman turbulence model and is modified to represent
the ship airwake. The filters are approximations of the von Karman velocityspectra that
are valid in a range of normalized frequencies of less than 50 radians. These filters can be
Equivalent airwake
Timevarying airwake
−20
P
−40
−60
0 1
10 10
0
−20
Q
−40
−60
0 1
10 10
−20
−40
R
−60
−80
0 1
10 10
Frequency, [rad/sec]
Figure 5.3: Comparisons of aircraft angular rates [dB] (timevarying airwake vs. equivalent
airwake)  0 degree WOD condition
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Equivalent airwake
Timevarying airwake
20
0
P
−20
−40
0 1
10 10
20
0
Q
−20
−40
0 1
10 10
20
0
R
−20
−40
0 1
10 10
Frequency, [rad/sec]
Figure 5.4: Comparisons of aircraft angular rates [dB] (timevarying airwake vs. equivalent
airwake)  30 degree WOD condition
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Equivalent airwake
Timevarying airwake
−20
Lateral
−40
−60
−80
0 1
10 10
−20
Longitudinal
−40
−60
−80
0 1
10 10
−20
Collective
−40
−60
−80
0 1
10 10
−20
−40
Pedal
−60
−80
0 1
10 10
Frequency, [rad/sec]
Figure 5.5: Comparisons of pilot inputs [dB] (timevarying airwake vs. equivalent airwake)
 0 degree WOD condition
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Equivalent airwake
Timevarying airwake
0
−20
Lateral
−40
−60
−80
0 1
10 10
0
Longitudinal
−20
−40
−60
−80
0 1
10 10
0
Collective
−20
−40
−60
−80
0 1
10 10
0
−20
Pedal
−40
−60
−80
0 1
10 10
Frequency, [rad/sec]
Figure 5.6: Comparisons of pilot inputs [dB] (timevarying airwake vs. equivalent airwake)
 30 degree WOD condition
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For example, the transfer function for the vertical gust component from von Karman
q 2
Lw
4σw V 1 + 2.7478 LVw s + 0.3398 Lw
V s
Hw (s) = 2 3 (5.5)
1 + 2.9958 LVw s + 1.9754 Lw
V s + 0.1539 Lw
V s
where Lw represents scale length, the variable σw represents turbulence intensity, and V
is the reference airspeed. Because the von Karman model is typically used to represent
atmospheric turbulence at higher altitudes and speeds, it is not appropriate to model the
ship airwake. Thus, Equation (5.5) is slightly modified to produce the ship airwake power
q 2
Lw
4σw V 1 + b1 LVw s + b2 Lw
V s
Hw (s) = 2 3 (5.6)
1+ a1 LVw s + a2 Lw
V s + a3 Lw
V s
where the coefficients an (n = 1, 2, 3), bm (m = 1, 2) are obtained from a best fit to the
vertical airwake gust PSD data using nonlinear leastsquare fitting algorithm automated in
MATLAB.
Figure 5.7 shows the power spectral density for the vertical component of airwake dis
turbance model for the 30 knots, 0 degree WOD condition (17 ft above landing spot 8).
The results shown in this paper are for V = 30 knots (50.6343 ft/sec) since the aircraft is
hovering in a 30 knot relative wind. And the coefficients of the “best fit” spectral filter in
Equation (5.6) are Lw = 12.56 ft, σw = 16.03 ft/sec, a1 = 11.01, a2 = 7.66, a3 = 9.78,
b1 = 0.56, and b2 = 0.13. The resulting PSD of the spectral filter overlays well in the
region of frequency range of 0.2 ∼ 20 rad/sec. A similar process is applied to the other
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five airwake components. Figures 5.8  5.13 show the resulting PSD of 6 gust components
([ug , vg , wg , pg , qg , rg ]) for 30 knot, 30 degree WOD condition. Table 5.1 shows the final gust
The white noise source utilized herein is a random number generator with a mean of
zero and a variance of 1 for each airwake component. The resulting autospectra of angular
rate responses for 0 degree and 30 degree WOD conditions are plotted in Figures 5.14 
5.15. The autospectra of pilot inputs caused by the stochastic airwake model are compared
to the original control responses of fulltime varying airwake model (Figures 5.16, 5.17).
The resulting frequency domain analyses show good fits over the frequency range of 0.4 ∼
Frequency, [rad/sec]
Figure 5.7: Power spectral density for vertical airwake disturbance component
(30 knot, 0 degree WOD condition)
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Frequency, [rad/sec]
Frequency, [rad/sec]
Frequency, [rad/sec]
Frequency, [rad/sec]
Frequency, [rad/sec]
Frequency, [rad/sec]
Table 5.1: Gust shaping filters for 0 degree and 30 degree WOD conditions
Stochastic airwake
Equivalent airwake
Timevarying airwake
−20
P
−40
−60
0 1
10 10
0
−20
Q
−40
−60
0 1
10 10
0
−20
R
−40
−60
0 1
10 10
Frequency, [rad/sec]
Figure 5.14: Comparisons of aircraft angular rates [dB] (timevarying airwake vs. equivalent
airwake vs. stochastic airwake)  30 knot, 0 degree WOD condition
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Stochastic airwake
Equivalent airwake
Timevarying airwake
20
−20
P
−40
−60
0 1
10 10
20
−20
Q
−40
−60
0 1
10 10
20
−20
R
−40
−60
0 1
10 10
Frequency, [rad/sec]
Figure 5.15: Comparisons of aircraft angular rates [dB] (timevarying airwake vs. equivalent
airwake vs. stochastic airwake)  30 knot, 30 degree WOD condition
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Stochastic airwake
Equivalent airwake
Timevarying airwake
0
−20
Lateral
−40
−60
−80
0 1
10 10
0
Longitudinal
−20
−40
−60
−80
0 1
10 10
0
Collective
−20
−40
−60
−80
0 1
10 10
0
−20
Pedal
−40
−60
−80
0 1
10 10
Frequency, [rad/sec]
Figure 5.16: Comparisons of pilot inputs [dB] (timevarying airwake vs. equivalent airwake
vs. stochastic airwake)  30 knot, 0 degree WOD condition
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Stochastic airwake
Equivalent airwake
Timevarying airwake
0
Lateral
−20
−40
−60
−80
0 1
10 10
0
Longitudinal
−20
−40
−60
−80
0 1
10 10
0
Collective
−20
−40
−60
−80
0 1
10 10
0
−20
Pedal
−40
−60
−80
0 1
10 10
Frequency, [rad/sec]
Figure 5.17: Comparisons of pilot inputs [dB] (timevarying airwake vs. equivalent airwake
vs. stochastic airwake)  30 knot, 30 degree WOD condition
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increasing pilot compensation level was required to achieve desired task performance [34,
68, 69]. If the flight control system has satisfactory handling qualities in a disturbance
free environment, these results indicate that to meet desired performance in a turbulent
rejection requirements in ADS33EPRF state that roll, pitch, and yaw responses to control
inputs shall meet the bandwidth threshold limits based on aircraft response to pilot stick
inputs [67]. However, there has not been an effort to optimize the control parameters to
An effort to optimize the automatic flight control system is attempted in order to improve
disturbance rejection properties of the helicopter when operating in the turbulent ship
airwake. This can be achieved by minimizing the magnitude of the transfer function from
the gust shaping filter input to the aircraft response. In this work, the gains of a basic
stability augmentation system are optimized using CONDUIT in order to ensure good
simulation models and control law architectures with design specifications and constraints
for modern fixedwing and rotarywing aircraft. In addition, CONDUIT allows for the
design parameters (e.g. controller gains, time constants, etc.). Details of the CONDUIT
The case problem is based on the flight dynamics of a UH60 Black Hawk helicopter
• helicopter SAS
In this study, the digital SAS of the UH60A is used as a starting design point and for
comparisons in this study (it is assumed to have 10% authority). In low speed mode, this
SAS features roll, pitch, and yaw rate feedback through separate SAS channels. The roll
SAS also includes limited authority roll attitude feedback. The compensators use a rate plus
The pitch and yaw channels also include washout filters to reduce steadystate feedback in
prolonged maneuvers.
In the modified SAS, longitudinal acceleration feedback and pitch attitude feedback are
added as shown in Figure 5.18. The acceleration feedback is expected to improve gust
response, while pitch attitude feedback is added to provide closedloop stability at low
speed. Figure 5.19 shows a schematic of the modified SAS architecture. The compensators
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are put in the classical phaselag form. In addition, a phase lead/lag type controller is added
to the roll channel. The SAS gains, the lead/lag time constants, and the pitch attitude and
optimized using CONDUIT. In the diagrams, these design parameters include the prefix
“dpp ”. The analogtodigital filters and washout filters from the original SAS are retained
In this paper, four design specs are selected from the CONDUIT libraries as constraints.
The relative priority of each spec is designated as indicated by “Hard specifications (H)”
indicated in the upper right corner of the spec. The role of the spec priority in the CON
DUIT optimization process is described fully in Reference [73]. In summary, the “hard
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3. The boundaries should be set to ensure that the design is in the Level 1 region for
phase 1 and 2.
This criterion is used to ensure that all the real parts of the eigenvalues of the system
are zero or negative, ensuring that all the dynamics are stable or neutrally stable. At
any given iteration, the sum of unstable eigenvlaue real parts or the largest stable
This spec has logic for treating stable, conditionally stable, and unstable systems. It
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also has logic for correctly accounting for righthalf plane poles and zeros. A table of
margins is built for all crossings of the 0db and 180 deg lines and displayed in the
supporting plot. The spec returns the minimum gain and phase margin values from
the table. The Level I boundaries are taken from MILF9490D. In this document
that required margins depend on the frequency of the first aeroelastic mode and on
the airspeed. In the CONDUIT gain/phase margin spec, the requirements for rigid
body modes is implemented. Stability margin specs for other frequency ranges are
The pitch (roll) response to longitudinal (lateral) cockpit control force or position
inputs shall meet the limits specified. It is desirable to meet this criterion for both
controller force and position inputs. If the bandwidth for force inputs falls outside
the specified limits, flight testing should be conducted to determine that the force feel
feedback control activity in the last phase of optimization. However, the current design ob
jective is not to minimize control activity, but rather to minimize disturbance response while
retaining similar crossover frequencies as the original SAS. Thus, the crossover frequency
A new spec (DisRnL1) for disturbance rejection is designed based on the PSD of angular
rate response to corresponding gust input. Here, the design parameters are tuned to attempt
to minimize the magnitude of the transfer function from the gust shaping filter input to the
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Magnitude [dB]
Level III
Transfer function
White Level II
H (s) =
q( s) PSD
noise
qg (s)
Level I
Frequency [rad/sec]
Figure 5.20: A new disturbance rejection spec design (ex. pitch axis)
aircraft response. Figure 5.20 shows a schematic of the proposed disturbance rejection spec.
This new spec is designated as a “summed objective specification (J)”. The use of summed
objective allows the optimization process to improve a set specific performance objectives
of the controllers while maintaining compliance with Level 1 requirements. Currently, the
boundaries for Level 1/Level 2 and Level 2/Level 3 are selected arbitrarily for this spec
since there are no supporting data for the disturbance rejection requirements in ADS33
at this time. This is sufficient for the current analysis, the level boundaries are simply
used to provide a measure of how well gust disturbances are rejected and are not used as
constraints. Note that the new spec for roll axis has more generous level boundaries as the
aircraft is inherently more sensitive in roll due to lower inertia in that axis.
Figure 5.21 shows the performance of the original SAS for the selected design specs.
The blue region reflects Level 1 handling qualities ratings, the magenta region represents
Level 2, and the red region reflects Level 3 handling qualities. Note that the basic UH
60A SAS does not fully stabilize the aircraft in hover and low speed flight. There is a
low frequency unstable mode. The mode can be stabilized by the outer loop Flight Path
Stabilization system (FPS) which is not considered in this analysis. Closed loop stability
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is not necessarily required to achieve Level 1 or Level 2 handling qualities, but nonetheless
the eigenvalues and stability margin (pitch axis) specs identify any instability as “Level 3”.
The disturbance rejection requirements defined for this study show Level 3 for pitch and
yaw axes and Level 2 behavior for roll axis, although as noted before these boundaries are
somewhat arbitrary.
For the optimization process, only the 30 degree WOD condition is considered. The
optimized SAS is then tested using nonlinear simulation for both 0 and 30 degree WOD
conditions. This is a logical approach since the 30 degree WOD condition resulted in
After several iterations CONDUIT reaches the final phase, which is a “feasible solution”
where all specs are in the Level 1 region. Figure 5.22 shows the fully converged result. The
PM [deg]
CrsLnG1 (1) 40
CrsLnG1 (2)
20
CrsLnG1 (3)
EigLcG1 (1) Ames Research Center Ames Research Center 0 MIL−F−9490D
0 5 10 15 20 −1 0 1 0 10 20
EigLcG1 (2) Crossover Frequency [rad/sec] Real Axis GM [db]
EigLcG1 (3) BnwAtH1:Bandwith (pitch & roll) DisRnL2:Gust Response DisRnL1:Gust Response
Other MTEs;UCE>1; Div Att Roll Pitch/Yaw
0.4 40 40
StbMgG1 (1) H J J
20
StbMgG1 (2) 0.3
20
0
Phase delay [sec]
Magnitude [db]
StbMgG1 (3)
Magnitude [db]
0 −20
BnwAtH1 (1) 0.2
−20 −40
BnwAtH1 (2)
−60
0.1
DisRnL1 (2) −40
−80
DisRnL1 (3)
0 ADS−33D −60 PSU RCOE −100 PSU RCOE
0 1 2 3 4 0 1 0 1
DisRnL2 (1) Bandwidth [rad/sec]
10 10 10 10
Frequency [rad/sec] Frequency [rad/sec]
Figure 5.21: HQ windows for the original SAS configuration  30 knot, 30 degree WOD
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disturbance rejection properties are improved and moved into Level 1 for the gust rejection
spec. Closed loop stability is also achieved, due to the addition of pitch attitude feedback.
The crossover frequency for each axis is increased somewhat. The optimization effectively
resulted in higher gain in all three axes, so it will be necessary to check that the increased
gain does not result in rate or position saturations. Note that the stability margins in
the roll axis are reduced and are against the 6 dB and 45◦ gain and phase margin Level
1 constraints. This is because the optimization tends to increase the roll axis gain until
it hit stability margin limits. The stability limits on maximum roll gain are due to rotor
body coupling issues that are typically observed on helicopters with articulated rotors. The
disturbance rejection requirements would probably drive the crossover frequencies and roll
and yaw feedback gains higher if it were not for this stability constraint. It is found that
PM [deg]
CrsLnG1 (1) 40
CrsLnG1 (2)
20
CrsLnG1 (3)
EigLcG1 (1) Ames Research Center Ames Research Center 0 MIL−F−9490D
0 5 10 15 20 −1 0 1 0 10 20
EigLcG1 (2) Crossover Frequency [rad/sec] Real Axis GM [db]
EigLcG1 (3) BnwAtH1:Bandwith (pitch & roll) DisRnL2:Gust Response DisRnL1:Gust Response
Other MTEs;UCE>1; Div Att Roll Pitch/Yaw
0.4 40 40
StbMgG1 (1) H J J
20
StbMgG1 (2) 20
0.3
0
Phase delay [sec]
Magnitude [db]
StbMgG1 (3)
Magnitude [db]
0 −20
BnwAtH1 (1) 0.2
−20 −40
BnwAtH1 (2)
−60
DisRnL1 (2) 0.1
−40
−80
DisRnL1 (3)
0 ADS−33D −60 PSU RCOE −100 PSU RCOE
0 1 0 1
DisRnL2 (1) 0 1 2 3 4 10 10 10 10
Bandwidth [rad/sec] Frequency [rad/sec] Frequency [rad/sec]
Figure 5.22: HQ windows for the optimized SAS configuration  30 knot, 30 degree WOD
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using a leadlag type compensator resulted in some improvement in the optimization of the
The ability to achieve an optimized solution is quite sensitive to the initial values for the
design parameters. If the design parameters are started too far from a feasible solution, the
optimization tends to wander and often does not reach a satisfactory result because there
are too many design parameters to tune. It is possible that the problem is somewhat over
parameterized. Future work might focus on reducing the number of controller parameters
The optimized SAS is converted to discrete form and tested using the nonlinear simula
tion model for the hovering operation on the spot 8 (included timevarying airwake solutions
for 0 and 30 degree WOD conditions). Figure 5.23 and 5.26 show the responses of aircraft
angular rate for 0 degree and 30 degree WOD conditions. The solid lines represent the
results with optimized SAS, the dotted lines are simulation results with the baseline SAS
configuration. The corresponding pilot stick inputs (generated by an optimal control model
of the human pilot) are shown in Figures 5.24 and 5.27. The results with an optimized SAS
show some significant improvement over the original SAS. The aircraft roll rate and lateral
stick input are only slightly improved, due to the limits on the roll axis gain discussed
above and the fact that the aircraft gust response is more sensitive in roll. Nonetheless the
overall aircraft angular rates and pilot control inputs are reduced with the optimized SAS
for both 0 and 30 degree WOD conditions. Note that there is no attempt to optimize the
control system for heave axis. Figures 5.25 and 5.28 show the response of SAS outputs. The
optimized SAS appears to result in slightly higher SAS actuator activity in the 0 degree
WOD condition, while the magnitude and frequency of the SAS actuator activity in the
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30 degree WOD condition is similar to the baseline SAS. In both cases, the SAS actuators
stayed well within the rate and position saturation limits. Note that the difference in the
roll SAS outputs in 0 degree WOD case is mainly due to the small roll attitude feedback
Figures 5.29 and 5.30 show comparisons of input autospectra from pilot stick inputs. In
this study, 4 different window sizes (3, 5, 10, and 15 seconds) are used in the FFT analysis
to obtain a composite average that is accurate over a range of frequencies. From the figures,
it can be observed that the optimized SAS shows some improvement over the original SAS
activity in the frequency range of 0.2 to 2 Hz (about 1.2 ∼ 12 rad/sec) has significant impact
0.5
0
P
−0.5
−1
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
0.5
Q
−0.5
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
0.4
0.2
0
R
−0.2
−0.4
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
Time, [sec]
Figure 5.23: Aircraft angular rate responses [deg/sec]  30 knot, 0 degree WOD
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0.5
Lateral
−0.5
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
0.5
Longitudinal
0
−0.5
−1
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
Collective
−1
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
0.5
Pedal
−0.5
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
Time, [sec]
Figure 5.24: Pilot control stick inputs [%]  30 knot, 0 degree WOD
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1.5
1
RSAS
0.5
−0.5
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
0
PSAS
−1
−2
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
0.5
YSAS
−0.5
−1
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
Time, [sec]
4
2
0
P
−2
−4
−6
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
2
Q
−2
−4
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
2
R
−2
−4
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
Time, [sec]
Figure 5.26: Aircraft angular rate responses [deg/sec]  30 knot, 30 degree WOD
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5
Lateral
−5
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
4
Longitudinal
2
0
−2
−4
−6
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
5
Collective
0
−5
−10
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
4
2
0
Pedal
−2
−4
−6
−8
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
Time, [sec]
Figure 5.27: Pilot control stick inputs [%]  30 knot, 30 degree WOD
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10
5
RSAS
−5
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
0
PSAS
−5
−10
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
10
5
YSAS
−5
−10
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
Time, [sec]
Figure 5.29: Control stick input autospectra [dB]  30 knot, 0 degree WOD
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Figure 5.30: Control stick input autospectra [dB]  30 knot, 30 degree WOD
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It is widely agreed that high levels of feedback augmentation will be needed, if the enhanced
flying qualities required of the next generation or current rotorcraft are to be realized. The
use of modern multivariable control analysis tools such as robust control method allows
a more rigorous analysis and, consequently, improved stability robustness of the closed
loop system. The design of robust control laws for a helicopter is, however, difficult due to
several factors: parametric and structural uncertainty in the model caused by the limitation
inputs.
Robust control theory has evolved since the early 1980s and provides methods for ad
dressing the control problems associated with poorly modeled systems. Methodologies such
as H∞ optimization now provide systematic procedures for designing robust controllers for
multivariable system. The H∞ design method generates optimal controllers that provide
good performance even when the characteristics of the plant are not modeled exactly or are
the performance index. It is not necessary to measure or estimate the entire state vector.
The singular value loop shapes are directly prescribed to meet performance and robustness
Recently, the DERA (Defence Evaluation and Research Agency) Bedford have been
collaborating to narrow the gap between the theoretical developments in Robust Control
and the more practical problems associated with designing helicopter flight control systems
meeting exacting flyingqualities requirements in ADS33 [75, 76, 77]. Earlier work from
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DERA has focused on the Westland Lynx. Yue and Postlethwaite designed H∞ based
controller based on the HELISIM model. That work led to successful piloted simulation,
through which the potential of H∞ based design methods was clearly demonstrated [75].
controllers which were extensively evaluated in the DERA Bedford Large Motion simulator
[76, 77]. Desired handling qualities ratings were consistently obtained during aggressively
were, however, recognized, and it was concluded that appropriately validated mathematical
models containing higher order dynamics would be important if similar results were to be
In this study, the design of flight controller on the UH60A is described. It presents a
critical assessment of the use of H∞ control in the design of robust flight controllers for the
UH60A operating in the turbulent ship airwake conditions. The emphasis in the design
is to meet stringent U.S. Army handling qualities specifications (ADS33, [67]) against the
design will be given in the section 5.4.1. In Section 5.4.2, the helicopter control problem is
and plant uncertainties. The issue of robust control is to design a controller such that
the closedloop system remains stable for all possible plant perturbations, and that the
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response is admissible for every disturbance and command in the prescribed set under all
possible plant perturbations. The prescribed set of disturbances and commands is modeled
by the designer according to the actual environment of the system. For many practical
control problems, the external input signals are not known precisely, but instead belong to
design engineer to minimize the maximum error (worst case) that can occur subject to all
possible input signals belonging to this set. This minmax approach (H∞ control law) was
introduced for feedback design from a frequencydomain point of view [78]. Since then, this
research area has attracted many researchers and significant progress has been made. The
basic formulation can be found in various textbooks and articles [7, 78, 79].
Therefore all design specifications need to expressed in the frequency domain. This is not
selected which stabilizes a nominal plant model and minimizes the energy gain (H∞ norm)
Figure 5.31 shows the standard compensator configuration. In here, G(s) is a system
with two kinds of inputs and two kinds of outputs. The input ω is an exogenous input
representing the disturbance acting on the system. The output z is an output of the
measurement, which is used to choose the input u, which in turn is the tool to minimize
the effect of ω on z. A constraint is that this mapping from y to u should be such that the
closeloop system is internally stable. This is quite natural since the states are not wanted
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to become too large while regulating the performance. The effect of ω on z after closing the
loop is measured in terms of the energy and the worst disturbance ω. The measurement,
which will turn out to be equal to the closedloop H∞ norm, is the supremum over all
disturbances unequal to zero of the quotient of the energy flowing out of the system and
w z
G(s)
u K(s)
y
The H∞ norm of a stable transfer function matrix G(s), denoted kG(s)k∞ , is the max
imum over all frequencies of the largest singular value of the frequency response G(jω). Its
(1) A sufficient condition for closedloop stability to be robust against a set of plant
(2) The H∞ norm of a stable transfer function matrix represents a bound on the maximum
energy gain from the input signal to the output (mixed sensitivity problem).
For the model uncertainty problem, consider the feedback system in Figure 5.32, where
the uncertainty in the nominal plant model G(s) is represented by an additive perturbation
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D(s )
+ +
K(s) G(s) +

∆(s). Suppose, for simplicity, that ∆(s) is stable and that k∆(s)W (s)k∞ ≤ 1 where W (s)
is a weight which represents the variation of uncertainty with frequency and also normalizes
the H∞ norm of the uncertainty to a maximum of 1. Then the perturbed feedback system is
stable if the nominal feedback system (∆(s) = 0) is stable and kW −1 K(I + GK)−1 k∞ < 1.
Therefore, minimizing kW −1 K(I + GK)−1 k∞ over the set of all stabilizing controllers for
The mixed sensitivity problem is a special kind of H∞ control problem. In the mixed
sensitivity problem it is assumed that the system under consideration can be written as
the interconnection where K(s) is the controller which has to satisfy certain prerequisites.
Consider the feedback configuration shown in Figure 5.33, the problem is to regulate the
d(s)
+ u(s) + + y(s)
r(s) K(s) G(s)

output y(s) of the system G(s) to look like some given reference signal r(s) by designing a
precompensator K(s) which has as its input the error signal, i.e. the input of the controller is
the difference between the output y(s) and the reference signal r(s). To prevent undesirable
surprises internal stability is required. Then the problem can be formulated as “minimizing”
the transfer function from r(s) to r(s) − y(s). As one might expect we shall minimize the
H∞ norm of this transfer function under the constraint of internal stability. The transfer
matrix from r(s) to u(s) should also be under consideration. In practice the process inputs
will often be restricted by physical constraints. This yields a bound on the transfer matrix
from r(s) to u(s). These transfer matrices from r(s) to r(s) − y(s) and from r(s) to u(s)
S := (I + GK)−1 (5.7)
Here S is called the sensitivity function and T is called the control sensitivity function. A
small function S expresses good tracking properties while a small function T expresses small
inputs u(s). Note that there is a tradeoff: making S smaller will in general make T larger.
Figure 5.34 shows the general form of the mixed sensitivity problem. An external input
w is added to the output y(s) as in Figure 5.34. Then the transfer matrix from ω(s) to
y(s) is equal to the sensitivity matrix S and the transfer matrix from ω(s) to u(s) is equal
to the control sensitivity matrix T . As noted in previous paragraph the H∞ norm can be
viewed as the maximum amount of energy coming out of the system, subject to inputs with
unit energy. However, if the Laplace transform is applied, then we obtain a frequency
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z 1(s) d(s)
W 1(s) W d(s)
w(s)
r(s) +
K(s)
u(s)
G(s) + + y(s)
W 2(s) z 2(s)

domain characterization. For a SISO system the H∞ norm is equal to the largest distance
of a point on the Nyquist contour to the origin. Hence the H∞ norm is a uniform bound
over all frequencies on the transfer function. It is assumed that the tracking signal will
have a limited frequency spectrum. It is in general impossible to track signals of very high
frequency reasonably well. On the other hand, since in general the model is only accurate
bad results because it only investigates a uniform bound over all frequencies. Also, certain
frequencies may be more important than others for the error signal and the control input.
Thus in Figure 5.34, the systems W1 (s), W2 (s), Wd (s) are weighting functions which are
chosen in such a way that we put more effort in regulating frequencies of interest than one
uniform bound. For practical purposes the choice of these weights is extremely important.
For SISO systems expressing performance criteria into requirements on the desired shape
of the magnitude Bode diagram is well established. This immediately translates into the
appropriate choice for the weighting functions. On the other hand, for MIMO systems
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choice for the weighting functions. It should be noted that in practical circumstances it is
often better to minimize the integrated tracking error. This can also be incorporated in the
weighting functions and is simply one way to emphasize the interest in tracking signals of
low frequency.
In this way, the interconnection system from Figure 5.34 can be obtained. Note that
the transfer function matrix from the disturbance d(s) to z1 and z2 is:
W1 T W d
G̃(s) = (5.9)
W2 SWd
Note that these weighting functions can be used to stress the relative importance of min
imizing the sensitivity matrix S with respect to the importance of minimizing the control
now well understood and can be computed automatically within a computeraided design
This section presents an application of H∞ optimization to the design of the SAS for a
UH60A utility helicopter and illustrates how practical problems may be formulated in the
H∞ framework. Particular attention is paid to the presence of the external disturbance and
the motivation behind the selection of the weighting functions. Attention will be restricted
to designing a fixedgain linear controller which is able to both stabilize the closedloop
The H∞ optimization framework used here is shown in Figure 5.35. The main steps
in the design process are: (i) augmentation of the plant P (s) at input and output with
The aircraft model used here is a 8state/6 degreeoffreedom linear model extracted
from the nonlinear simulation model. The plant output y is the aircraft angular rate
responses (p, q, r) and H∞ controller produces corresponding SAS outputs (u) for lateral
(rsas) and longitudinal (psas) cyclic and pedal collective (ysas). The inputs for the gust
shaping filter (Wg (s)) are zeromean white noise with a variance of 1. The same gust
shaping filters from previous section 5.2 are used, in here only 30 degree WOD condition
is considered. In this case, if the pseudoinverse of the plant distribution matrix (Bp ) is
implemented, then the disturbance could be considered as entering at the plant input. The
disturbance (w) in the model represents as unbounded perturbations to the plant output y.
A statespace realization for the augmented system G(s) can be obtained by directly
realizing the transfer matrix G(s) using any standard multivariable realization techniques
Gust filter
dg
(W g )
w
d
+ + + Aircraft + + y Weighting
r ee
 (P) (W e )
Weighting u H¥ controller
eu
(W u ) (K¥ )
(e.g. Gilbert realization). However, the direct realization approach is usually complicated.
Here another way is shown to obtain the realization for G(s) based on the realizations of each
Ap Bp Ae Be Au Bu Ag Bg
P = , We = , Wu = , Wg = (5.10)
Cp Dp Ce De Cu Du Cg Dg
That is,
ẋu = Au xu + Bu u, eu = Cu xu + Du u (5.11)
ẋg = Ag xg + Bg dg , d = Cg xg + Dg dg
y = yp + w
Now define a new state vector (x̄), an external disturbance (w̃) and a new output (z) as
" #T
x̄ = xp xe xu xg , w̃ = [dg w]T , z = [ee eu ]T (5.12)
x̄˙ = Ax̄ + B1 w̃ + B2 u
y = C2 x̄ + D21 w̃ + D22 u
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Note that the augmented problem must be well posed. In particular, the matrices D12 and
D21 must have full rank. The physical interpretation of these constraints is that, if D12
loses rank, this would lead to unconstrained controller action, and, if D21 loses rank, this
In general, the selection of weighting functions for a specific design problem often in
volves ad hoc fixing, many iterations, and fine tuning. It is very hard to give a general
formula for the weighting functions that will work in every case. In choosing the weighting
functions, there are some guidelines by looking at a typical design specification [79]. For
the initial design, a highgain lowpass filter is used for the output weighting function We ,
since the sensitivity function S must be keep small over a range of frequencies, typically
low frequencies where the disturbances are significant. Correspondingly the control weight
ing function Wu must be a lowgain highpass filter to emphasize the control sensitivity
function T at high frequencies so that the robustness is improved, and actuator activity
is reduced. This process gives a general shape for the weighting functions. The desired
this study, the weighting functions are tuned iteratively based on the disturbance rejection
property described in previous section 5.2. The final design weighting functions We and Wu
are given by
" #
We = diag 1.5 0.025s+10 0.025s+10 0.05s+5
s+10 , 1.5 s+10 , 5 s+5
(5.14)
" #
Wu = diag 0.4 s+0.001 s+0.5 s+0.6
s+15 , 0.05 0.9s+5 , 0.004 0.9s+6
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20
10 We(r)
0 We(p), We(q)
−10
W (rsas)
Magnitude, [dB]
−20 u
−30 Wu(psas)
−40
−50
−60
−70 W (ysas)
u
−80
−2 −1 0 1 2
10 10 10 10 10
Frequency, [rad/sec]
The design process leads to a controller with as many as the interconnection structure
of Equation (5,13). In this study, the resulting controller has 14 states. The frequency
response of the controller is shown in Figure 5.37. It can be seen that the controller has
high gain at low frequency, for good tracking, and low gain at high frequency, for robustness.
This is consistent with the specification of the performance weighting function We (s).
Similar to previous section 5.2, the final H∞ controller is then converted to discrete form
and tested using the nonlinear simulation model for the hovering operation on the spot
8 (0 and 30 degree WOD conditions, timevarying airwake model). Figures 5.38 and 5.43
illustrate the aircraft relative position with respect to the spot 8. The solid lines represent
the results with H∞ SAS, the dotted lines and dashed lines are simulation results with the
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80
60
40
Magnitude, [dB]
20
−20
−40
−4 −3 −2 −1 0 1 2 3 4
10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
Frequency, [rad/sec]
baseline SAS and the optimized SAS configurations respectively from previous section for
comparison purpose. Figures 5.39 and 5.44 show the responses of aircraft angular rate for 0
degree and 30 degree WOD conditions. Figures 5.40 and 5.45 show the helicopter attitude
responses. The corresponding pilot stick inputs are shown in Figures 5.41 and 5.46. The
results with the H∞ SAS show some significant improvement over both the original SAS and
the optimized SAS. The aircraft pitch rate and longitudinal stick input are only slightly
improved compared to the optimized SAS case. Nonetheless the overall aircraft angular
rates and pilot control inputs are reduced with the H∞ SAS for both 0 and 30 degree WOD
conditions. Note that there is no attempt to optimize the control system for heave axis in
this design process. Figures 5.42 and 5.47 show the response of SAS outputs. The H∞ SAS
produces higher SAS actuator activity than both original SAS and optimized SAS. In both
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cases, however, the SAS actuators stay well within the rate and position saturation limits.
Figures 5.48 and 5.49 show comparisons of input autospectra from pilot stick inputs.
Same 4 different window sizes (3, 5, 10, and 15 seconds) from previous section 5.2 are
used in the FFT analysis to obtain a composite average that is accurate over a range of
frequencies. From the figures, it can be observed that the optimized SAS shows some
improvement over the original SAS configuration in the frequency range of 1 to 10 rad/sec.
The H∞ controller practically halved the airwake disturbance effect on roll, pitch, and yaw
Original SAS
Optimized SAS
H¥ SAS
1.2
0.8
0.6
∆X
0.4
0.2
−0.2
−0.8 −0.6 −0.4 −0.2 0 0.2 0.4 0.6
81
80.5
Altitude
80
79.5
79
−0.8 −0.6 −0.4 −0.2 0 0.2 0.4 0.6
∆Y
Figure 5.38: Aircraft position w.r.t. the spot 8 [ft]  30 knot, 0 degree WOD
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Original SAS
Optimized SAS
H¥ SAS
0.5
0
P
−0.5
−1
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
0.5
Q
−0.5
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
0.4
0.2
0
R
−0.2
−0.4
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
Time, [sec]
Figure 5.39: Aircraft angular rate responses [deg/sec]  30 knot, 0 degree WOD
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Original SAS
Optimized SAS
H¥ SAS
−2.2
−2.4
PHI
−2.6
−2.8
−3
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
2.4
2.2
THETA
1.8
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
0.1
PSI
−0.1
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
Time, [sec]
Original SAS
Optimized SAS
H¥ SAS
0.5
Lateral
0
−0.5
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
0.5
Longitudinal
0
−0.5
−1
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
Collective
−1
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
0.5
Pedal
−0.5
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
Time, [sec]
Figure 5.41: Pilot control stick inputs [%]  30 knot, 0 degree WOD
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Original SAS
Optimized SAS
H¥ SAS
1.5
1
RSAS
0.5
−0.5
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
0
PSAS
−1
−2
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
0.5
YSAS
−0.5
−1
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
Time, [sec]
Original SAS
Optimized SAS
H¥ SAS
2
∆X
−1
−4 −3 −2 −1 0 1 2 3 4
83
82
81
Altitude
80
79
78
−4 −3 −2 −1 0 1 2 3 4
∆Y
Figure 5.43: Aircraft position w.r.t. the spot 8 [ft]  30 knot, 30 degree WOD
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Original SAS
Optimized SAS
H¥ SAS
4
2
0
P
−2
−4
−6
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
2
Q
−2
−4
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
2
R
−2
−4
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
Time, [sec]
Figure 5.44: Aircraft angular rate responses [deg/sec]  30 knot, 30 degree WOD
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Original SAS
Optimized SAS
H¥ SAS
0
PHI
−2
−4
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
4
THETA
2
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
1
PSI
−1
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
Time, [sec]
Original SAS
Optimized SAS
H¥ SAS
5
Lateral
−5
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
4
Longitudinal
2
0
−2
−4
−6
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
5
Collective
0
−5
−10
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
4
2
0
Pedal
−2
−4
−6
−8
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
Time, [sec]
Figure 5.46: Pilot control stick inputs [%]  30 knot, 30 degree WOD
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Original SAS
Optimized SAS
H¥ SAS
10
5
RSAS
−5
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
0
PSAS
−5
−10
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
10
YSAS
−10
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
Time, [sec]
Original SAS
Optimized SAS
H¥ SAS
Figure 5.48: Control stick input autospectra [dB]  30 knot, 0 degree WOD
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Original SAS
Optimized SAS
H¥ SAS
Figure 5.49: Control stick input autospectra [dB]  30 knot, 30 degree WOD
Chapter 6
6.1 Conclusions
A helicopter/ship dynamic interface simulation tool has been developed to model a UH60A
operating off an LHA class ship. To achieve a high fidelity simulation model, highorder
dynamic inflow model and timeaccurate ship airwake solutions of an LHA class ship are
integrated with the flight dynamics simulation model. An optimal control model of the
human pilot has been developed to perform the desired shipboard operations. The optimal
control model of the human pilot proved to be an efficient method for simulating approach
trajectories.
Typical shipboard operations have been simulated from landing spot 8 on the LHA
(CFD results showed significant timevarying flow effects over this spot). Simulation results
are compared to the flight test data for the 0 degree and 30 degrees WOD conditions. Pilot
control activity is then compared to JSHIP flight test data in terms of time domain and
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In addition, the present work investigates the optimization of a flight control system
for the UH60A Black Hawk helicopter operating in the turbulent airwake of a LHA class
ship. A stochastic model of the ship airwake is derived from simulations with a full time
accurate CFD solution of the airwake. In this study, the gains of a SAS are optimized
automatic flight control system. New SAS configurations are then tested using a full non
Overall, the main objectives of this thesis, as stated in section 1.3, have been achieved.
1. The simulation results from Section 4.2 clearly indicate that the timevarying airwake
has a significant impact on aircraft response and pilot control activity when the aircraft
is flown for specified approach and departure trajectories. The differences are most
notable when the helicopter is operating in or near a hover relative to the ship deck
(stationkeeping). In the past, gust models for fixedwing aircraft simulation have
often used a stationary or frozen field model. This is adequate when the aircraft is
moving at a significant forward speed. However, the model clearly breaks down as
airspeed approaches zero. The same appears to be true when helicopters are operating
in turbulent ship airwake. The timevarying nature of the ship airwake becomes
dominant as the helicopter approaches hover on the ship deck. And, the simulation
2. An optimal control model of the human pilot is successfully implemented to solve the
“inverse simulation” problem. Given a specified trajectory, the pilot controls can be
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is found to be highly useful for this research task. Inverse simulations can be time
consuming and difficult to implement computationally. The pilot model is easily tuned
and seemed to produce reasonable predictions of trajectory tracking and pilot control
activity.
3. By comparison with data from flight test data, it is found that the control activities are
similar in low frequency range but underestimate in magnitude in the high frequency
range (over 1.5 Hz). There is clear evidence that the human pilot is continually moving
cyclic stick in the maneuver. At this stage of the study no attempt has been made to
4. The stochastic disturbance model of ship airwake appears to result in similar overall
behavior of the coupled aircraft/pilot system as the simulation with the full time
varying airwake. The 40 seconds of the timevarying airwake solutions are stored for
every 0.1 second, and each flow solutions for the target DI mesh is 5.2 Mbytes in
size. Therefore, the proposed stochastic airwake modeling approach avoids the large
5. The shaping filters used in the stochastic model are readily incorporated in the flight
control optimization using CONDUIT and H∞ control design. The filters provide a
6. The optimized SAS results in higher gain in all three axes compared to the original
SAS, but it does not appear to result in excessive control activity in the SAS. Upper
limits on roll gain are due to stability margin limits from rotorbody coupling. Results
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with the nonlinear simulation model show significant reduction in pilot workload in
pitch and yaw, with slight improvement in roll compared to the original SAS. Although
further improvements could be obtained, the results appear to validate the current
design approach.
7. The potential of H∞ control method for a helicopter flight control system design has
The final H∞ controller considerably reduces the aircraft angular rate responses and
corresponding pilot control inputs compared to the original SAS. Thus pilot workload
with a higher degree of precision. Also passenger comfort and safety will be increased.
the effect of complex helicopter/ship aerodynamic interactions, the deck ground effect
should be considered, and the appropriate condition at the ground surface needs to
2. In this study, the stochastic airwake model is designed for one location (17 ft above
the spot 8). In order to increase the computational efficiency, an array of airwake
shaping filters would still need to be designed for different WOD conditions and for
to validate ship airwake CFD analysis. Airwake disturbance can be extracted from
4. At this stage of the study no attempt has been made to optimize the parameters of
the human pilot model and this work should be completed in the future work.
5. A new spec for disturbance rejection is designed based on PSD of angular rate response
to corresponding gust input. Currently, the boundaries for Level 1/Level 2 and Level
2/Level 3 are arbitrarily selected, but the optimization with respect to this spec results
in a reduction in the aircraft response and pilot control activity required to stabilize
6. The ability to achieve an optimized solution using CONDUIT is sensitive to the initial
values for the design parameters. The problem may be overparameterized. Future
work should seek to reduce the number of control parameters used in the synthesis
there is no attempt to establish the performance measurement for flight control system
design with modern control theory. Thus, future work must include an investigation
8. Although performance and robustness are achieved using the current H∞ design
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method, how adequately this captures the discrepancies between the loworder lin
ear model used in the design and the true nonlinear aircraft dynamics is debatable.
Questions remain concerning the fidelity of the plant model used in this study; large
amounts of flight test data must be gathered to help shed light on that.
9. Future shipbased rotorcraft will require high levels of agility and maneuverability
establish the autonomous landing flight control system and position hold over ship
deck. This efforts may make these performance requirements achievable by reducing
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Mr. Dooyong Lee was born on December 25, 1971, in Busan, Republic of Korea. He
received his bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering in February 1997 from INHA Uni
versity, Inchon, Korea. He earned his master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering in February
1999 from the INHA University before entering the Graduate Program in the Aerospace
He was awarded the Vertical Flight Foundation Scholarship in 2002. Mr. Lee is a student
member of the American Helicopter Society and American Institute of Aeronautics and
Astronautics.