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Optimization Problems for Aircraft Flight in a Windshear

  • A. Miele
  • T. Wang
Part of the Ettore Majorana International Science Series book series (EMISS, volume 43)

Abstract

This chapter presents an overview of the optimization problems having interest for the flight of an aircraft in a windshear. Three problems are studied: (P1) for take-off trajectories, the minimization of the maximum deviation of the absolute path inclination from a reference value; here, relative path inclination recovery is required at the final point; (P2) for abort landing trajectories, the minimization of the maximum drop of altitude from a reference value; here, the transition from descending flight to ascending flight is required; (P3) for penetration landing trajectories, the minimization of a performance index measuring the deviation of the flight trajectory from the nominal trajectory; here, the touchdown path inclination is specified and the values of the trouchdown distance and the touchdown velocity must be in a specified range. Problems (P1) and (P2) are Chebyshev problems of optimal control, and Problem (P3) is a Bolza problem of optimal control. These problems are solved by means of the sequential gradient-restoration algorithm for optimal control problems.

Keywords

Optimal Control Problem Power Setting Optimal Trajectory Flight Trajectory Nominal Trajectory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Miele
    • 1
  • T. Wang
    • 1
  1. 1.Aero-Astronautics GroupRice UniversityHoustonUSA

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