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Multidisciplinary Techniques and Novel Aircraft Control SystemsThe Aircraft Morphing Program at NASA Langley Research Center explores opportunities to improve airframe designs with smart technologies. Two elements of this basic research program are multidisciplinary design optimization (MDO) and advanced flow control. This paper describes examples where MDO techniques such as sensitivity analysis, automatic differentiation, and genetic algorithms contribute to the design of novel control systems. In the test case, the design and use of distributed shape-change devices to provide low-rate maneuvering capability for a tailless aircraft is considered. The ability of MDO to add value to control system development is illustrated using results from several years of research funded by the Aircraft Morphing Program.
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Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
Padula, Sharon L. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA United States)
Rogers, James L. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA United States)
Raney, David L. (NASA Langley Research Center Hampton, VA United States)
Date Acquired
August 19, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2000
Subject Category
Aircraft Stability and Control
Report/Patent Number
AIAA Paper 2000-4848
Meeting Information
Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization(Long Beach, CA)
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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