Dynamic Testing of Electromechanical Actuators Using Time-history Data 2010-01-1748
A commercial electromechanical actuator (EMA) is to be dynamically tested with predetermined stroke and load profiles for transient thermal and electric power behavior to validate a numerical model used for aerospace applications. The EMA will follow the stroke profile representative of a real aircraft mission duty cycle. A hydraulic press will exert a corresponding load profile onto the EMA. Specialized hydraulic load control methods must be employed to meet the accuracy requirements. Two of these methods are closed-loop linearization (CLL) and displacement induced disturbance cancellation (DIDC). These methods are implemented along with an external PID compensator, and run in real-time in a series of system identification experiments to observe controller performance.