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A Novel Sensor Fault Detection in an Unmanned Quadrotor Based on Adaptive Neural Observer


Prompt detection and isolation of faults and failures in flight control systems are crucial to avoid negative impacts on human and environmental systems, and to the system itself. In this study, a new scheme based on a nonlinear dynamic model is designed for sensor fault detection and isolation in an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) system. In the proposed design, a neural network is used as an observer for faults in the UAV sensors. The weighting parameters of the neural network are updated by the Extended Kalman Filter (EKF). The designed fault detection (FD) system is applied to an unmanned quadrotor model, and the simulation results show that the proposed design is capable of the prompt detection of sensor faults.

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Aboutalebi, P., Abbaspour, A., Forouzannezhad, P. et al. A Novel Sensor Fault Detection in an Unmanned Quadrotor Based on Adaptive Neural Observer. J Intell Robot Syst 90, 473–484 (2018).

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  • Malfunction
  • Sensor
  • Flight dynamic
  • Nonlinear model
  • Control
  • Extended Kalman Filter