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Numerical Trajectory Optimization for Airborne Wind Energy Systems Described by High Fidelity Aircraft Models

  • Greg HornEmail author
  • Sébastien Gros
  • Moritz Diehl
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Abstract

In order to study design tradeoffs in the development of an AWE system, it is useful to develop a code to optimize a trajectory for arbitrary objective function and constraints. We present a procedure for using direct collocation to optimize such a trajectory where a model is specified as a set of differential–algebraic equations. The six degree of freedom single-kite, pumping-mode AWE model developed in  Chap. 10 is summarized, and two typical periodic optimal control problems are formulated and solved: maximum power and number of cycles per retraction. Finally, a procedure for optimally transitioning between two fixed trajectories is presented.

Keywords

Optimal Control Problem Initial Guess Differential State Aircraft Model Direct Collocation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Electrical Engineering DepartmentKU LeuvenLeuvenBelgium

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