Adaptive Critic Based Neurocontroller for Autolanding of Aircrafts

S. N. Balakrishnan, Missouri University of Science and Technology
Gaurav Saini

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In this paper, adaptive critic based neural networks have been used to design a controller for a benchmark problem in aircraft autolanding. The adaptive critic control methodology comprises successive adaptations of two neural networks, namely action and critic network (which approximate the Hamiltonian equations associated with optimal control theory) until closed loop optimal control is achieved. The autolanding problem deals with longitudinal dynamics of an aircraft which is to be landed in a specified touchdown region (within acceptable ranges of speed, pitch angle and sink rate) in the presence of wind disturbances and gusts using elevator deflection as the control for glideslope and flare modes. The performance of the neurocontroller is compared to that of a conventional proportional-integral-differential (PID) controller. The results show that the neurocontrollers have good potential for aircraft applications