A Novel Neural Network-Based Robust Adaptive Formation Control for Cooperative Transport of a Payload Using Two Underactuated Quadcopters

Luis F.Canaza Ccari, Pablo Raul Yanyachi

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Abstract

Designing a controller for the cooperative transport of a payload using quadcopter-type unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is a very challenging task in control theory because these vehicles are underactuated mechanical systems. This paper presents a novel robust adaptive formation control design for the cooperative transport of a suspended payload by ropes using two underactuated quadcopters in the presence of external disturbances and parametric uncertainties. The structure of the proposed controller is divided into two subsystems: fully actuated and underactuated. An integral sliding mode adaptive control strategy is proposed for the fully actuated subsystem, and for the underactuated subsystem, an adaptive control strategy based on the combination of Backstepping and sliding mode is proposed. Then, the control parameters of the sliding surfaces of both control subsystems are adaptively tuned by a neural network. In addition, to improve the robustness of the proposed controller, a disturbance observer is incorporated to estimate and compensate for the lumped disturbances. The asymptotic stability of the cooperative transport system is verified with the Lyapunov theorem. Finally, numerical simulations are performed in MATLAB/Simulink environment, and the results show that the proposed controller successfully transports the payload safely and without oscillations. Moreover, the desired formation pattern is maintained throughout the flight task, even with external disturbances and parametric uncertainties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36015-36028
Number of pages14
JournalIEEE Access
Volume11
DOIs
StatePublished - 2023

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Keywords

  • Robust adaptive control
  • UAVs
  • cooperative payload transportation
  • quadcopters
  • underactuated

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