Flight Environment Simulation Volume (FESV) is the most important subsystem of Altitude Ground Test Facilities (AGTF). Its control precision of temperature and pressure determines the level of test ability of AGTF. However, in practice, the sensor hysteresis and noise may greatly affect the control precision of FESV. To improve the control performance of FESV in practice, a new control structure of two degree-of-freedom (DOF) μ synthesis control with the extended Kalman filter (EKF) considering actuators and sensors uncertainty is proposed, which constitutes a core support part of the paper. For the problem of sensors de-noising, an EKF is devised to provide a credible feedback signal to the two DOF μ controller. Aiming at the problem of reference command’s rapid change, one freedom feed forward is adopted, while another freedom output feedback is used to ensure good servo tracking as well as disturbance and noise rejection; furthermore to overcome the overshoot problem and acquire dynamic tuning, an integral is introduced in inner loop; additionally, two performance weighting functions are designed to achieve robustness and control energy limit considering the uncertainties in system.
In order to verify the effectiveness of the designed two DOF μ synthesis controller with EKF, we suppose a typical engine test condition with Zoom-Climb and Mach Dash and consider time delay and Gaussian noise in the sensors. The simulation results show that the designed two DOF μ synthesis controller with EKF has good servo tracking and noise rejection performance and the relative steady-state and transient errors of temperature and pressure are both less than 0.1% and 0.2% respectively. Additionally, we validate the robust performance of the designed two DOF μ controller with EKF by using the upper bound value of the uncertainty parameters. Furthermore, to verify the advantage of the designed two DOF μ controller with EKF, we compare its control results with those of without EKF and μ controller without considering sensor time delay. The comparison results show that the designed two DOF μ controller with EKF provides better performance. Finally, to verify the advantage of μ synthesis controller, we designed a PID controller and compare the simulation result with μ controller, the comparison result show that the designed μ controller is better than PID controller.