An Experimental Comparison of Controllers for a Vectored Thrust, Ducted Fan Engine

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M. Kantner, B. Bodenheimer, P. Bendotti, R. M. Murray
1995 American Control Conference

Experimental comparisons between four different control design methodologies are applied to a small vectored thrust engine. Each controller is applied to three trajectories of varying aggressiveness. The control strategies considered are LQR, H_infty, gain scheduling, and feedback linearization. The experiments show that gain scheduling is essential to achieving good performance. The strengths and weaknesses of each methodology are also examined.