By Terry Denery, MathWorks
This paper describes the modeling and simulation of a hovercraft vehicle. This multidomain plant model includes the powertrain, rack and pinion steering, ground effects, and electric power generation. It is used to assist in the development of a motion control system that employs classic continuous control methods. Linearized mathematical models of the system generated by this full nonlinear model are used to evaluate the performance of the controller before the fully integrated hovercraft hardware is available.
This paper was presented at the AIAA Modeling and Simulation Technologies Conference.