Date of Award
Master of Science in Astronautical Engineering
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Sharon Heise, PhD
Model Predictive Control is the class of control methods that optimizes a specified performance index in order to minimize the weighted future output deviations from a setpoint trajectory. This thesis applies MPC in the inverse sense -- known aircraft outputs are applied in the performance index as setpoints in an attempt to determine what control histories caused those outputs. Using this method, aircraft mishap investigators could then have a means of determining what the control surface deflections were throughout an incident since Flight Data Recorder data does not include control surface deflections. The actual Flight Data Recorder data from aircraft mishaps are utilized as proof of concept.
DTIC Accession Number
Davis, Chad J., "Solving an Inverse Control Problem using Predictive Methods" (1999). Theses and Dissertations. 5157.