Special Issue "Fault-Tolerant Control for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)"

A special issue of Actuators (ISSN 2076-0825). This special issue belongs to the section "Aircraft Actuators".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 June 2023 | Viewed by 155

Special Issue Editor

Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology, Delft, The Netherlands
Interests: non-linear control; aerial robotics; aeroservoelasticity; morphing; reinforcement learning
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have demonstrated their ability in various indoor/outdoor applications, such as package delivery, construction monitoring, firefighting, search and rescue, etc. They are also essential in achieving urban air mobility (UAM). Due to their relative mechanical simplicity and the potential growth of the market, safety issues are of critical concern. Faults, including actuator and sensor faults, can occur during air operations, inducing loss of control in flight. Improving the resilience of UAVs under fault cases, and especially during high-speed flight conditions, is a central concern for future applications. Fault-tolerant control, which is capable of automatically tolerating faults, while maintaining stability and desirable performance, has great potential to tackle in-flight UAV faults.

The aim of this Special Issue is to collect research progress on UAV fault-tolerant control algorithm design, implementation, and validation. Papers are welcome on topics that are related, but not limited, to the following:

  • Unmanned aerial vehicle;
  • Fault-tolerant control;
  • Flight control system;
  • Fault detection and isolation;
  • Urban air mobility;
  • Actuator and sensor faults.

Dr. Xuerui Wang
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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  • unmanned aerial vehicle
  • fault-tolerant control
  • flight control system
  • fault detection and isolation
  • urban air mobility
  • actuator and sensor faults

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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