Simulation of Runway Irregularities in a Novel Test Rig for Fully Electrical Landing Gear Systems

Andrea De Martin, Giovanni Jacazio, Massimo Sorli
2022 Aerospace (Basel)  
The E-LISA research project, under way within the Clean Sky 2 framework, has the objective of developing an innovative iron bird dedicated to executing tests on the landing gear of a small aircraft transport equipped with an electro-mechanical landing gear and electrical brake. Such tests include the simulation of complete landing procedures under different operating conditions such as runway friction, presence of periodical defects along the runway, variable aircraft weight, and approach
more » ... To this end, the iron bird requires novel solutions in both its architecture and its control scheme. This paper details an innovative solution that is being implemented in the E-LISA iron bird to enable the execution of tests on a landing gear, reproducing the effects of any type of runway irregularity. First, the rig architecture is presented in detail, with particular care toward the hybrid position/force control system that manages its operations. Then, a simulation model is introduced with the objective of verifying the control system stability and the test rig capability to reproduce on the test articles the effects produced on the landing gear leg of periodical runway irregularities. Simulations results are presented, highlighting the stability of the proposed control scheme and providing a preliminary assessment of the system performances.
doi:10.3390/aerospace9020114 fatcat:nalbfvil5nc7dczohwzxjrr7u4