Flight control of a quadrotor vehicle subsequent to a rotor failure

Alexander Lanzon, Alessandro Freddi, Sauro Longhi

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    In this paper, the problemof designingacontrol lawincase ofrotor failure inquadrotor vehiclesis addressed. First, a nonlinear mathematical model for a quadrotor vehicle is derived, which includes translational and rotational dynamics. Then a robust feedback linearization controller isdeveloped, which sacrifices the controllability ofthe yaw state due to rotor failure to linearize the closed-loop system around a working point, where roll and pitch angles are zero and the angular speed around the vertical axis is a nonzero constant. An H∞ loop shaping technique is adopted to achieve regulationofthese variables around the chosen working point. Finally,anouter loopisproposed for achieving control of the linear displacement under the assumption of small angles approximation for the pitch and roll angles. The proposed control strategy allows the vehicle to use the remaining three functional rotors to enter a constant angular speed around its vertical axis, granting stability and representing an effective way to deal with a rotor failure in quadrotor vehicles. Copyright © 2013 by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)580-591
    Number of pages11
    JournalJournal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2014


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