Robust eigenstructure assignment using the genetic algorithm and constrained state feedback

T Clarke, R Davies

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This paper describes a robust eigenstructure assignment methodology for a constrained state feedback problem. The method, which is based upon the linear quadratic regulator and involves the minimization, via the genetic algorithm, of a multiobjective cost function, is applied to L1011 Tristar aircraft lateral dynamics. The design example generates a fixed-gain state feedback solution which shows independent phase margins of 51 degrees in each channel, while exhibiting an eigenstructure close to that desired, lying well within specified handling quality requirements. If two states are made unavailable for feedback, the robustness properties are seriously eroded. When a dynamic feedback compensator is then used, there is a substantial recovery of the robustness. It is concluded that the genetic algorithm approach described here is easy to use and generates good multivariable stability margins.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)53-61
Number of pages9
JournalProceedings of the institution of mechanical engineers part i-Journal of systems and control engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1997


  • robust eigenstructure assignment
  • flight control
  • genetic algorithms

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