A novel intelligent adaptive control of laser-based ground thermal test

Zhengtao Gan, Gang Yu*, Shaoxia Li, Xiuli He, Ru Chen, Caiyun Zheng, Weijian Ning

*Corresponding author for this work

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Laser heating technology is a type of potential and attractive space heat flux simulation technology, which is characterized by high heating rate, controlled spatial intensity distribution and rapid response. However, the controlled plant is nonlinear, time-varying and uncertainty when implementing the laser-based heat flux simulation. In this paper, a novel intelligent adaptive controller based on proportion–integration–differentiation (PID) type fuzzy logic is proposed to improve the performance of laser-based ground thermal test. The temperature range of thermal cycles is more than 200 K in many instances. In order to improve the adaptability of controller, output scaling factors are real time adjusted while the thermal test is underway. The initial values of scaling factors are optimized using a stochastic hybrid particle swarm optimization (H-PSO) algorithm. A validating system has been established in the laboratory. The performance of the proposed controller is evaluated through extensive experiments under different operating conditions (reference and load disturbance). The results show that the proposed adaptive controller performs remarkably better compared to the conventional PID (PID) controller and the conventional PID type fuzzy (F-PID) controller considering performance indicators of overshoot, settling time and steady state error for laser-based ground thermal test. It is a reliable tool for effective temperature control of laser-based ground thermal test.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1018-1026
Number of pages9
JournalChinese Journal of Aeronautics
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Adaptive control
  • Fuzzy logic
  • Ground thermal test
  • Laser heating
  • Thermal control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering


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