Active Flutter Suppression of a Two-Dimensional Wing Using Linear Quadratic Gaussian Optimal Control

T. T. Darabseh, A. M. Tarabulsi, A. H.I. Mourad

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This paper aims to utilize the modern control theory in designing an active flutter suppression controller for a two-dimensional wing with a flap. In this study, the wing's pitch-plunge linear aeroelastic response, in addition to the control flap motion, was modeled using Lagrange's energy method, and Theodorsen's classic unsteady aerodynamic theory. The derived mathematical model was represented in state-space so the modern control techniques can be implemented. The open-loop system was analyzed, and the flutter speed for a selected experimental-wing model was calculated. For model verification purposes, the open-loop simulation results were compared to an experimental study from the literature. Next, a linear quadratic Gaussian (LQG) compensator with integral action was designed and tuned using MATLAB® simulation environment to reach the best possible performance at a selected speed in the flutter region, where the results have proven excellent performance for this kind of controller in flutter suppression, as the stable flight region has successfully been extended by 29%.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2250157
JournalInternational Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics
Issue number14
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2022


  • Active flutter suppression
  • Integral action
  • linear quadratic Gaussian (LQG)
  • linear quadratic controller (LQR)
  • optimal control
  • state estimator (Kalman filter)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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