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International Journal of Aerospace Engineering
Volume 2017, Article ID 1374932, 16 pages
Research Article

Concise Neural Nonaffine Control of Air-Breathing Hypersonic Vehicles Subject to Parametric Uncertainties

1Air and Missile Defense College, Air Force Engineering University, Xi’an 710051, China
2Science College, Air Force Engineering University, Xi’an 710051, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Xiangwei Bu; moc.621@7891iewgnaixub

Received 26 March 2017; Revised 11 July 2017; Accepted 14 August 2017; Published 1 October 2017

Academic Editor: Paul Williams

Copyright © 2017 Xiangwei Bu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


In this paper, a novel simplified neural control strategy is proposed for the longitudinal dynamics of an air-breathing hypersonic vehicle (AHV) directly using nonaffine models instead of affine ones. For the velocity dynamics, an adaptive neural controller is devised based on a minimal-learning parameter (MLP) technique for the sake of decreasing computational loads. The altitude dynamics is rewritten as a pure feedback nonaffine formulation, for which a novel concise neural control approach is achieved without backstepping. The special contributions are that the control architecture is concise and the computational cost is low. Moreover, the exploited controller possesses good practicability since there is no need for affine models. The semiglobally uniformly ultimate boundedness of all the closed-loop system signals is guaranteed via Lyapunov stability theory. Finally, simulation results are presented to validate the effectiveness of the investigated control methodology in the presence of parametric uncertainties.