Development and Validation of a Comprehensive Helicopter Flight Dynamics Code
A comprehensive helicopter flight dynamics code is developed based on the UH-60 helicopter and named Texas A&M University Rotorcraft Analysis Code (TRAC). This is a complete software packages, which could perform trim analysis to autonomous flight simulation and the capability to model any helicopter configuration.
A visualization of this technology in action with a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter
Beyond trim analysis, TRAC can also generate linearized models at various flight conditions based on a first-order Taylor series expansion. The extracted linear models show realistic helicopter dynamic behavior and were used to simulate a fully autonomous flight that involves a UH-60 helicopter approaching a ship and landing on the deck by implementing a Linear Quadratic Regulator (LQR) optimal controller.
Student: Bochan Lee