Current aircraft engine control logic uses a Min-Max control selection structure to prevent the engine from exceeding any safety or operational limits during transients due to throttle commands. This structure is inherently conservative and produces transient responses that are slower than necessary. In order to utilize the existing safety margins more effectively, a modification to this architecture is proposed, referred to as a Conditionally Active (CA) limit regulator. This concept uses the existing Min-Max architecture with the modification that limit regulators are active only when the operating point is close to a particular limit. This paper explores the use of CA limit regulators using a publicly available commercial aircraft engine simulation. The improvement in thrust response while maintaining all necessary safety limits is demonstrated in a number of cases.
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Reducing Conservatism in Aircraft Engine Response Using Conditionally Active Min-Max Limit Regulators
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May, RD, & Garg, S. "Reducing Conservatism in Aircraft Engine Response Using Conditionally Active Min-Max Limit Regulators." Proceedings of the ASME Turbo Expo 2012: Turbine Technical Conference and Exposition. Volume 1: Aircraft Engine; Ceramics; Coal, Biomass and Alternative Fuels; Controls, Diagnostics and Instrumentation. Copenhagen, Denmark. June 11–15, 2012. pp. 959-968. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/GT2012-70017
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