Work on an experiment that will better help control the pitch of an airplane via a joystick.
Pilot-induced oscillation is a frightening aspect of pitch control of an aircraft. Numerous planes have been set into pilot-induced oscillation due to the phase lag of the human in the loop control. The proposed work is to develop a table top experiment to demonstrate pitch control of an aircraft using a commercial off the shelf joystick. A programmable delay is inserted between the joystick and the aircraft to illustrate the impact phase delays have on the stability of the human-in-the-loop controller.
This work requires knowledge of system stability analysis, hardware integration and Arduino programming to integrate the joystick with a microcontroller which drives a motor which actuates the airplane model.
Tabletop experiment to illustrate the impact of phase delays in stability of closed loop systems. This can serve as a demonstration in an introductory class on control.
|Length of commitment||About a semester, 3-5 months|
|Start time||Spring semester 2022|
|In-person, remote, or hybrid?||Hybrid|
|Level of collaboration||Individual student project|
|Who is eligible||Seniors with experience in Ardunio and Matlab programming|
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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering