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Controlling a Quadrotor Carrying a Cable-Suspended Load to Pass Through a Window

Guo, Minhuan and Gu, Dongbing and Zha, Wenzhong and Zhu, Xinhua and Su, Yan (2020) 'Controlling a Quadrotor Carrying a Cable-Suspended Load to Pass Through a Window.' Journal of Intelligent and Robotic Systems, 98 (2). pp. 387-401. ISSN 0921-0296

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In this paper, we design an optimal control system for a quadrotor to carry a cable-suspended load flying through a window. As the window is narrower than the length of the cable, it is very challenging to design a practical control system to pass through it. Our solution includes a system identification component, a trajectory generation component, and a trajectory tracking control component. The exact dynamic model that usually derived from the first principles is assumed to be unavailable. Instead, a model identification approach is adopted, which relies on a simple but effective low order equivalent system (LOES) to describe the core dynamical characteristics of the system. After being excited by some specifically designed manoeuvres, the unknown parameters in the LOES are obtained by using a frequency based least square estimation algorithm. Based on the estimated LOES, a numerical optimization algorithm is then utilized for aggressive trajectory generation when relevant constraints are given. The generated trajectory can lead to the quadrotor and load system passing through a narrow window with a cascade PD trajectory tracking controller. Finally, a practical flight test based on an Astec Hummingbird quadrotor is demonstrated and the result validates the proposed approach.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Computer Science and Electronic Engineering, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2020 13:02
Last Modified: 15 Jan 2022 01:32

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