An Anti-Skid Brake Controller For A Fighter Aircraft With An Elastic Strut
Kumar, V V Nagendra
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This thesis deals with the design of an anti-skid brake controller for a generic fighter aircraft. Antiskid brake controllers prevent wheel locking and maximize the coefficient of friction between the tyre and the ground, resulting in lower stopping distance and time. The frictional force is maximized by regulating the slip. A model for the landing gear is first developed, which consists of the translational and rotational motions of the wheel, the equation for the slip and the elastic landing gear strut dynamics. The elastic behaviour of the landing gear is characterized through its modal frequencies, obtained from a Finite element analysis. As the governing equations are nonlinear, with linear elastic deformations of the strut, feedback linearization is used to design the anti-skid controller. The brake controller is found to work well. Its stability is verified through numerical simulations. Both the plant parameters and the sensor measurements are perturbed up to 10% from their nominal values. It is seen that the feedback linearization tolerates these variations quite well. The system is exceptionally tolerant to sensor noises. The torsional stiffness of the strut is found to be more critical than the longitudinal stiffness. Limits on the torsional stiffness that can be tolerated by the controller are found. This determines the limits on the stiffness of the landing gear beyond which gear walk may appear. The thesis concludes with suggestions for future work in this exciting field.
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