A novel robustness analysis technique is proposed for atmospheric re-entry applications. The problem is stated as a finite time stability (FTS) analysis of linear time-varying (LTV) systems on a compact time domain, subject to bounded variations in initial state and unknown parameters. The FTS property is formulated as the inclusion of all the possible system trajectories into a pre-specified time-varying subset of the state space. Based on assuming the involved sets are polytopes, the proposed approach allows deducing the system FTS from the property verification on a limited number of numerically computed system trajectories. An additional result is presented which allows determination of a conservative estimate of the maximum norm-bound of time-varying perturbations under which the LTV system remains finite time stable. Results of the application of the proposed technique to a re-entry technology demonstrator are presented which demonstrate its effectiveness in complementing conventional linear time invariant-based analyses. Results also show that it is computationally viable and allows linking the system robustness to a quantitative analysis of the system trajectory dispersion around the nominal one due to concurrent initial state dispersion and uncertain parameters effects, which aids in evaluating mission objectives fulfilment.

A linear time-varying approach for robustness analyses of a re-entry flight technology demonstrator

GRASSI, MICHELE;
2012

Abstract

A novel robustness analysis technique is proposed for atmospheric re-entry applications. The problem is stated as a finite time stability (FTS) analysis of linear time-varying (LTV) systems on a compact time domain, subject to bounded variations in initial state and unknown parameters. The FTS property is formulated as the inclusion of all the possible system trajectories into a pre-specified time-varying subset of the state space. Based on assuming the involved sets are polytopes, the proposed approach allows deducing the system FTS from the property verification on a limited number of numerically computed system trajectories. An additional result is presented which allows determination of a conservative estimate of the maximum norm-bound of time-varying perturbations under which the LTV system remains finite time stable. Results of the application of the proposed technique to a re-entry technology demonstrator are presented which demonstrate its effectiveness in complementing conventional linear time invariant-based analyses. Results also show that it is computationally viable and allows linking the system robustness to a quantitative analysis of the system trajectory dispersion around the nominal one due to concurrent initial state dispersion and uncertain parameters effects, which aids in evaluating mission objectives fulfilment.
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