Control Stability Analysis Applied to Columbus ATCS 2009-01-2583
Good performance of the Columbus water loop active control system has been demonstrated by several analyses, ground test and is further confirmed by the current flight data. Even so, a comprehensive description of the control within the classical theory is needed, in order to complete the system description, posing also the basis for similar applications to come. Thermal and hydraulic control loops are considered as two separate systems and linear control methods are applied. Loop stability and performance is discussed by computing stability regions of the PI control coefficients at different loop configurations and results compared with available test, flight and simulation data.