System Identification of Flexible Aircraft in Frequency Domain

The purpose of this paper is to identify the flexible aircraft model accurately from the frequency responses. The frequency domain output error method is used to estimate the aerodynamic (rigid body and elastic body) derivatives, and mode shape parameters in  the process of identification of flexible aircraft model. The accurate identification of lightly damped low frequency rigid-body response modes requires a careful selection of the frequency sweep length and the fast Fourier transform (FFT) window size, as the FFT window length cannot be longer than any individual sweep records. To address this issue, an effort is made to derive the FFT window length for the application of frequency domain estimation approach.

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