Lab-scale Helicopter Control Competition (EECS-304/305)--

Lab-scale helicopter control competition in the EECS-304/305 courses
(Prof. Mario Garcia-Sanz)

Based on the theory discussed during the semester our students design new control strategies for a lab-scale helicopter, implement them in the test-bench and run the experiments.

The system to be controlled is a lab-scale helicopter with two propellers. Working in teams our students have to design a new control strategy to achieve the best performance on (1) reference tracking and (2) disturbance rejection with (3) a minimum fuel consumption. A cost function J that measures and combines the experimental tracking error and the control effort clasifies the experiments in the competition for some extra credits. The design faces significant real-world control problems, such as plant model uncertainty, performance specification trade-offs, actuator constraints, nonlinear dynamics, sensor noise and real implementation among others.


Mario Garcia-Sanz, Constantine H. Houpis, "Wind Energy Systems: Control Engineering Design". CRC Press, Taylor & Francis. Boca Raton, Florida, USA, 2012. ISBN: 978-1-4398-2179-4. Click here.

Mario Garcia-Sanz, "The QFT Control Toolbox (QFTCT) for Matlab".



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