Control of aircraft for inspection of linear infrastructure

Bruggemann, Troy S., Ford, Jason J., & Walker, Rodney A. (2010) Control of aircraft for inspection of linear infrastructure. IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology, 19(6), pp. 1397-1409.

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Inspection aircraft equipped with cameras and other sensors are routinely used for asset location, inspection, monitoring and hazard identification of oil-gas pipelines, roads, bridges and power transmission grids. This paper is concerned with automated flight of fixed-wing inspection aircraft to track approximately linear infrastructure. We propose a guidance law approach that seeks to maintain aircraft trajectories with desirable position and orientation properties relative to the infrastructure under inspection. Furthermore, this paper also proposes the use of an adaptive maneuver selection approach, in which maneuver primitives are adaptively selected to improve the aircraft’s attitude behaviour. We employ an integrated design methodology particularly suited for an automated inspection aircraft. Simulation studies using full nonlinear semi-coupled six degree-of-freedom equations of motion are used to illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed guidance and adaptive maneuver selection approaches in realistic flight conditions. Experimental flight test results are given to demonstrate the performance of the design.

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ID Code: 40010
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Aircraft control, adaptive maneuver selection, guidance, linear infrastructure, power line inspection
DOI: 10.1109/TCST.2010.2093937
ISSN: 1063-6536
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > AEROSPACE ENGINEERING (090100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING (090600) > Control Systems Robotics and Automation (090602)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Research Centre for Aerospace Automation
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 IEEE
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Deposited On: 10 Feb 2011 23:38
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