Fractional order modeling and control of dissimilar redundant actuating system used in large passenger aircraft

Salman IJAZ, Lin YAN, Mirza Tariq HAMAYUN

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In this paper, a methodology has been developed to address the issue of force fighting and to achieve precise position tracking of control surface driven by two dissimilar actuators. The nonlinear dynamics of both actuators are first approximated as fractional order models. Based on the identified models, three fractional order controllers are proposed for the whole system. Two Fractional Order PID (FOPID) controllers are dedicated to improving transient response and are designed in a position feedback configuration. In order to synchronize the actuator dynamics, a third fractional order PI controller is designed, which feeds the force compensation signal in position feedback loop of both actuators. Nelder-Mead (N-M) optimization technique is employed in order to optimally tune controller parameters based on the proposed performance criteria. To test the proposed controllers according to real flight condition, an external disturbance of higher amplitude that acts as airload is applied directly on the control surface. In addition, a disturbance signal function of system states is applied to check the robustness of proposed controller. Simulation results on nonlinear system model validated the performance of the proposed scheme as compared to optimal PID and high gain PID controllers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1141-1152
Number of pages12
JournalChinese Journal of Aeronautics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Aerospace
  • Fractional order control
  • Model identification
  • Nelder-Mead optimization
  • Robustness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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