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Control Seminar

Flight testing active flutter control technology on a conventional configuration UAS

Bálint VanekDeputy Director, Systems and Control LabHun-Ren Sztaki, Institute for Computer Science and Control, Budapest, Hungary
1500 EECS BuildingMap

Abstract:  The talk will discuss the aircraft design, instrumentation and flight testing considerations leading to the successful flutter controller tests and aeroservoelastic model validation flight test campaign within the EU H2020 project FliPASED, marking the first conventional configuration UAV flying beyond the open-loop flutter speed in May 2023 at DLR’s Cochstedt flight test center.
Along with the theoretical control design results the team also explored the effects of sensor selection, model order reduction and custom actuator development and placement to achieve the most suitable demonstrator flight envelope to conduct dangerous tests involving pushing the flutter boundary. The project advanced the state-of-art in several areas, including aeroelastic modelling, flight testing, control design and implementation, as well as operational modal analysis and model order reduction. All the flight test data generated within the 28 flights of the project are available open-source to benefit the flight testing and aeroelasticity research community.

Bio: Dr. Balint Vanek is the deputy director for HUN-REN SZTAKI (Institute for Computer Science and Control).
My research interest includes safety and environmental aspects of both manned and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV). My research areas include aeroservoelastic modelling, fault detection and reconfigurable control of aerospace systems, mainly using the robust and linear parameter-varying (LPV) frameworks. I coordinated the H2020 Research Projects FLEXOP and FliPASED, working on flexible aircraft control technologies, to mitigate the effects of flutter. I currently coordinate the Hungarian TKP-V research project on hydrogen powered remote sensing platforms. I am also working together with my colleagues within the ARNL (NATIONAL LAB FOR AUTONOMOUS SYSTEMS), related to drones and autonomous ground vehicles and their coordinated control. I am also the founder an co-owner of Ventus-Tech ltd., a drone service provider company specialised on large scale, infrastructure monitoring.


***Event will take place in hybrid format. The location for in-person attendance will be room 1500 EECS.   Attendance will also be possible via Zoom. The Zoom link and password will be distributed to the Controls Group e-mail list-serv.

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See full seminar by Prof Vanek. NOTE: No sound until 1:12

Faculty Host

Pete SeilerAssociate Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer ScienceUniversity of Michigan, College of Engineering