State Space Representation of the Open-Loop Dynamics of the Space Shuttle Main Engine

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Ahmet Duyar, Vasfi Eldem

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL 33431

Walter C. Merrill, Ten-Huei Guo

National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, Ohio 44135

J. Dyn. Sys., Meas., Control 113(4), 684-690 (Dec 01, 1991) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2896475 History: Received December 12, 1989; Revised December 01, 1990; Online March 17, 2008


A parameter and structure estimation technique for multivariable systems is used to obtain state space representation of open loop dynamics of the space shuttle main engine (SSME). The parametrization being used is both minimal and unique. The simplified linear models may be used for fault detection studies and control system design and development.

Copyright © 1991 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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