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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 4684303, 8 pages
Research Article

Adaptive NN Control for Multisteering Plane Aircraft with Dead Zone or Backlash Input Nonlinearity

Equipment Management and Safety Engineering College, Air Force Engineering University, Xi’an 710051, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Mao-long Lv

Received 17 March 2017; Accepted 30 May 2017; Published 22 June 2017

Academic Editor: Jean Jacques Loiseau

Copyright © 2017 Xiang-fei Meng 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.


Considering that many factors such as actuator input dead zone, backlash, and external disturbance could affect the exactness of trajectory tracking, therewith a robust adaptive neural network control scheme on the basis of control allocation is proposed for the sake of tracking control of multisteering plane aircraft with actuator input dead zone or backlash nonlinearity. First of all, an actuator input dead zone or backlash nonlinearity control assignment model is established and the control allocation equation is derived. Secondly, the system nonlinear uncertainty is compensated by means of radial basis function neural network, and a robust term is introduced to achieve robustness against external disturbance and system errors. Finally, by utilizing Lyapunov stability theorem, it has been proved that all the signals in the closed-loop system are bounded, and the tracking error converges to a small residual set asymptotically. Simulation results on ICE101 multisteering plane aircraft demonstrate the outstanding tracking performance and strong robustness as well as effectiveness of the proposed approach, which can effectively overcome the adverse influence of dead zone, backlash nonlinearity, and external disturbance on the system.