Simulink Design Optimization

Design Optimization to Meet Time- and Frequency-Domain Requirements (GUI)

This example shows how to tune a controller to satisfy time- and frequency-domain design requirements using the Design Optimization tool.

The example requires Simulink® Control Design™.

Aircraft Longitudinal Flight Control Model

Open the Simulink model.

sys = 'sdoAircraft';
open_system(sys);

The aircraft model is based on the Simulink slexAircraftExample model. The model includes:

  • Subsystems to model aircraft dynamics (Aircraft Dynamics Model), wind gusts (Dryden Wind Gust Models), and pilot G-forces (Pilot G-force calculation).

  • A step change applied to the aircraft joystick at 1 second into the simulation that causes the aircraft to pitch upward.

Controller Design Problem

You tune the controller gains to meet the following time- and frequency-domain design requirements:

  • Angle-of-attack alpha response to a step change in the joystick has a rise time of less than 1 second, less than 1% overshoot, and settles to within 1% of steady state within less than 5 seconds

  • Pitch-rate control loop has good tracking below 1 rad/s and 20db noise rejection above 100 rad/s

  • Closed loop response from joystick to pilot G-Force is below 0db above 5 rad/s.

These requirements reduce the high frequency G-forces experienced by the pilot in response to joystick changes while still maintaining flight performance.

The model includes the following blocks (from Simulink® Design Optimization™ and Simulink Control Design Model Verification libraries):

  • Alpha Response specifies the alpha step response requirement.

  • Pitch Rate Loop specifies the pitch-rate performance requirement.

The linearization inputs/outputs are already selected in the Linearizations tab. The pitch-rate loop starts from the input of the controller (the controller error signal) and ends at the output of the pitch-rate sensor. The angle-of-attack loop is opened signal so that the block only computes the pitch-rate loop response. The linear system is computed at a simulation time of 0.

The Bounds tab specifies the following pitch-rate loop shape requirements:

  • Greater than 20db over the range 0.01 rad/s to 0.1 rad/s

  • Greater than 0db over the range 0.1 rad/s to 1 rad/s

  • Less than -20db over the range 100 rad/s to 1000 rad/s

  • Pilot G Response specifies the G-force requirement.

The linearization inputs/outputs are already selected in the Linearizations tab. The linear system is computed at a simulation time of 0.

The Bounds tab specifies the G-force requirements of less than 0db over the range 5 rad/s 100 rad/s.

Open the Design Optimization Tool

Open the Design Optimization tool to configure and run design optimization problems interactively. Click Response Optimization on the Block Parameters dialog of Alpha Response, Pitch Rate Loop or Pilot G Response block. Alternatively, type sdotool('sdoAircraft'). To show multiple requirement plots at the same time, use the plot layout widgets at the top-right of the tool.

The tool detects the requirements specified in the Model Verification blocks and automatically includes them as requirements to satisfy.

Specify Design Variables

Specify the following model parameters as design variables for optimization:

  • Controller gains Ki and Kf

  • Pitch-rate sensor gain Kq

  • Alpha sensor gain Ka

In the Design Variables Set drop-down list, select New. A dialog to select model parameters for optimization opens.

Select Ki, Kf, Kq and Ka. Click << to add the selected parameters to the design variables set.

Specify minimum and maximum gain values, the Ki and Kf values must remain negative while Ka and Kq must remain positive.

Press Enter after you enter the values.

Click OK. A new variable DesignVars appears in the SDOTOOL Workspace.

Evaluate the Initial Design

Click Plot Current Response to simulate the model and check how well the initial design satisfies the design requirements.

The plots indicate that the current design does not satisfy the pilot G-force requirement and the alpha step response overshoot requirement is violated.

Optimize the Design

Create a plot to display how the controller variables are modified during the optimization. In the Add plot drop-down list, select DesignVars, which contains the optimization design variables Ki, Kf, Kq and Ka.

Click Optimize.

To load a pre-configured file and run the optimization, click Open in the Design Optimization tab and select sdoAircraft_sdosession.mat. Alternatively load the project by typing:

>> load sdoAircraft_sdosession

>> sdotool(SDOSessionData)

The optimization progress window updates at each iteration and shows that the optimization converged after 5 iterations.

The Alpha Response and Pilot G Response plots indicate that the design requirements are satisfied. The DesignVars plot shows that the controller gains converged to new values.

To view the optimized design variable values, click DesignVars in the SDOTOOL Workspace. The optimized values of the design variables are automatically updated in the Simulink model.

% Close the model
bdclose('sdoAircraft')