Frequency domain system identification of a Robinson R44 in Hover

Stefano Geluardi, Frank M. Nieuwenhuizen, Joost Venrooij, Lorenzo Pollini, Heinrich H. Bülthoff

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The civil light helicopter domain has not fully benefited yet from the advantages system identification methods can offer. The aim of this paper is to show that system identification methods are mature enough to be successfully implemented in the civil helicopter domain. To achieve this goal, a Robinson R44 Raven II is identified in this work. The identification focuses on the hover trim condition. A lean frequency domain identification method is adopted. Furthermore, a new procedure is proposed to limit the sensitivity of the state-space minimization algorithm to initial parametric values and bounds. The resulting state-space model presents good predictive capabilities and is able to capture high-frequency rotor-body dynamics. The model is also validated with the help of a helicopter pilot by performing closed-loop control task maneuvers in theMPI CyberMotion Simulator. The overall validation shows that the implemented model is suitable for handling qualities studies, high-frequency control system designs, and realistic simulations that involve piloted closed-loop control tasks.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012009
JournalJournal of the American Helicopter Society
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jan

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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