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Artificial feel system using magneto-rheological fluid on aircraft control stick
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Paper Abstract

The conventional feel system in aircraft occupies large space in the cockpit and has complicated designs. The primary objective of this research is to develop an artificial feel force system that can overcome some drawbacks of the current system. A novel feel system using magneto-rheological (MR) fluid is constructed to precisely control the shear stress under the magnetic field. To validate the functionality of the MR artificial feel system, the final system is fabricated and multiple tests are performed to acquire force-velocity characteristics that are compared to the mathematical model derived. In addition, the PID closed loop control algorithm is developed to simulate the dynamic system model. Both experimental and simulation results are compared to validate the derived system model. The system response time and sampling rates are evaluated and compared to the conventional system at the end. It is concluded that the developed artificial feel system can precisely control and acts as a fail proof system when incorporated with a modern fly-by-wire aircraft system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 April 2016
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9806, Smart Materials and Nondestructive Evaluation for Energy Systems 2016, 98060L (1 April 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2219244
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Vignesh Manoharan, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ. (United States)
Daewon Kim, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univ. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9806:
Smart Materials and Nondestructive Evaluation for Energy Systems 2016
Norbert G. Meyendorf; Theodoros E. Matikas; Kara J. Peters, Editor(s)

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