Description of Helicopter Model
The model simulates a helicopter with horizontal and tail rotors to give pitch and yaw control. Sensors measure the yaw and pitch angles. This gives a two-input and two output system, with cross-coupling. Students use the educational manual (supplied) to help identify plant dynamics and create a control system. The control system must keep the helicopter stable and allow for a change in the centre of gravity. When operating near the steady state, the electromechanical system can be linearized to a six-order model.
The equipment includes