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Journal of Control Science and Engineering
Volume 2017, Article ID 2458590, 9 pages
Research Article

Control of Energy Storage Systems for Aeronautic Applications

Department of Industrial and Information Engineering, University of Campania L. Vanvitelli, Aversa, Italy

Correspondence should be addressed to A. Cavallo; ti.ainapmacinu@ollavac.otrebla

Received 13 April 2017; Accepted 8 June 2017; Published 19 July 2017

Academic Editor: Carlos-Andrés García

Copyright © 2017 G. Canciello 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.


Future aircraft will make more and more use of automated electric power system management onboard. Different solutions are currently being explored, and in particular the use of a supercapacitor as an intelligent energy storage device is addressed in this paper. The main task of the supercapacitor is to protect the electric generator from abrupt power changes resulting from sudden insertion or disconnection of loads or from loads with regenerative power capabilities, like electromagnetic actuators. A controller based on high-gain concepts is designed to drive a DC/DC converter connecting the supercapacitor to the main electric bus. Formal stability proofs are given for the resulting nonlinear system, and strong robustness results from the use of high-gain and variable structure control implementation. Moreover, detailed simulations including switching devices and electrical parasitic elements are provided for different working scenarios, showing the effectiveness of the proposed solution.