The course gives an introduction to the dynamics of quadrotors and other multirotor aircraft, and explains how they can be controlled using simple control design methods. The course includes MATLAB/Simulink modelling, simulation and analysis. Read more Read less

This one day course covers the basics of the dynamics and control of multirotor vehicles, in particular quadrotors. These configurations are becoming increasingly important for both manned applications (e.g. air-taxis), and unmanned (drones).However the configuration is unstable and hence requires feedback control for safe operation.

The course covers the basics of the dynamics of such vehicles and the stabilization and control for basic operation using both classical and simple optimal control approaches. The theory is supported by design, simulation and analysis in MATLAB/Simulink. On completion of the course delegates will understand the need for feedback control and the relationship between the control system and the vehicle dynamics.

Module Leader: James Whidborne

James has 25 years experience in the theory and application of advanced robust control with noted contributions in the areas of quadrotor control, multi-objective control design, finite-wordlength implementations, feedback flow control and directional drilling control.

At a glance

What you will learn

On completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Model and analyse the dynamics of multirotor aircraft
  • Design controllers for multirotor aircraft using straightforward methods
  • Simulate the controlled flight of multirotor aircraft using MATLAB/Simulink or similar software.

Core content

The course consists of four sixty minute lectures that will be delivered live online via Zoom. These sessions will cover: 
 
  • Introduction to multirotor vehicles and applications
  • Planar VTOL aircraft
  • Quadrotor dynamics
  • Quadrotor control design
  • Modelling quadrotor effectors and aerodynamics

Additionally, delegates will recieve four hours of supported MATLAB/Simulink sessions. Access to MATLAB/Simulink with Control Systems Toolbox will be provided for the duration of the course by Cranfield.

Who should attend

The course will be of benefit to aeronautical, control, simulation and software engineers who face challenges in designing flight control systems for quadrotors and other multirotor aircraft.

Speakers

The course is presented through online lectures and supported software exercises conducted by members of Cranfield University’s staff who have had 15 years experience with the dynamics and control of quadrotors.

Concessions

10% discount for third and subsequent delegates from the same company/site.

Accommodation options and prices

The course will be delivered live online via Zoom. Access to MATLAB/Simulink with Control Systems Toolbox will be provided for the duration of the course by Cranfield.

Location and travel

The course will be delivered live online via Zoom. Access to MATLAB/Simulink with Control Systems Toolbox will be provided for the duration of the course by Cranfield.

Location address

The course will be delivered live online via Zoom. Access to MATLAB/Simulink with Control Systems Toolbox will be provided for the duration of the course by Cranfield.

How to apply

To apply for this course please use the online application form.

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