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Sensors 2018, 18(2), 601;

Ring Laser Gyro G-Sensitive Misalignment Calibration in Linear Vibration Environments

National University of Defense Technology, Changsha 410073, China
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Received: 26 December 2017 / Revised: 13 February 2018 / Accepted: 13 February 2018 / Published: 16 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Section Physical Sensors)
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The ring laser gyro (RLG) dither axis will bend and exhibit errors due to the specific forces acting on the instrument, which are known as g-sensitive misalignments of the gyros. The g-sensitive misalignments of the RLG triad will cause severe attitude error in vibration or maneuver environments where large-amplitude specific forces and angular rates coexist. However, g-sensitive misalignments are usually ignored when calibrating the strapdown inertial navigation system (SINS). This paper proposes a novel method to calibrate the g-sensitive misalignments of an RLG triad in linear vibration environments. With the SINS is attached to a linear vibration bench through outer rubber dampers, rocking of the SINS can occur when the linear vibration is performed on the SINS. Therefore, linear vibration environments can be created to simulate the harsh environment during aircraft flight. By analyzing the mathematical model of g-sensitive misalignments, the relationship between attitude errors and specific forces as well as angular rates is established, whereby a calibration scheme with approximately optimal observations is designed. Vibration experiments are conducted to calibrate g-sensitive misalignments of the RLG triad. Vibration tests also show that SINS velocity error decreases significantly after g-sensitive misalignments compensation. View Full-Text
Keywords: RLG; g-sensitive misalignments; linear vibration RLG; g-sensitive misalignments; linear vibration

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Wang, L.; Wu, W.; Li, G.; Pan, X.; Yu, R. Ring Laser Gyro G-Sensitive Misalignment Calibration in Linear Vibration Environments. Sensors 2018, 18, 601.

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