This paper proposes a finite time convergence sliding mode control (FSMC) strategy based on linear parameter-varying (LPV) methodology for the stability control of a morphing aircraft subject to parameter uncertainties and external disturbances. Based on the Kane method, a longitudinal dynamic model of the morphing aircraft is built. Furthermore, the linearized LPV model of the aircraft in the wing transition process is obtained, whose scheduling parameters are wing sweep angle and wingspan. The FSMC scheme is developed into LPV systems by applying the previous results for linear time-invariant (LTI) systems. The sufficient condition in form of linear matrix inequality (LMI) constraints is derived for the existence of a reduced-order sliding mode, in which the dynamics can be ensured to keep robust stability and L2 gain performance. The tensor-product (TP) model transformation approach can be directly applied to solve infinite LMIs belonging to the polynomial parameter-dependent LPV system. Then, by the parameter-dependent Lyapunov function stability analysis, the synthesized FSMC is proved to drive the LPV system trajectories toward the predefined switching surface with a finite time arrival. Comparative simulation results in the nonlinear model demonstrate the robustness and effectiveness of this approach.
Wen, N., Liu, Z., Sun, Y., & Zhu, L. (2017). Design of LPV-Based Sliding Mode Controller with Finite Time Convergence for a Morphing Aircraft. International Journal of Aerospace Engineering, 2017. https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/8426348