Giovanni Licitra

Giovanni Licitra
University of Freiburg | Albert-Ludwigs-Universität Freiburg · Department of Microsystems Engineering (IMTEK)

M.Sc.

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October 2014 - March 2015
University of Freiburg
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • Modelling and System Identification

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Publications (14)
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The Open Optimal Control Library is a software framework for modeling and solving optimal control problems. It supports a large class of optimization problems including continuous time, discrete time, multi-phase, trajectory optimization , model-predictive control, real-time iteration, constrained problems. It uses fast implementations in the back-...
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Applications: Mechanical systems, aerospace, wind power, autonomous driving etc. Optimal control modeling language. Fast, get started within minutes, derivatives are automatically calculated, multi-stage/multi-phase problems, model predictive control, trajectory optimization. Fast embedded optimization utilizing acados. Non-linearly spaced discreti...
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This paper presents an Optimal Control Problem (OCP) tailored to assess the system performance of a rigid wing Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) pumping system prior to real flight tests. The proposed method is validated against experimental data obtained using a small prototype designed by the Dutch company Ampyx Power B.V. Within such analysis, it is sh...
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Airborne wind energy (AWE) refers to a novel technology capable of harvesting energy from wind by flying crosswind patterns with tethered autonomous aircraft. Successful design of flight controllers for AWE systems relies on the availability of accurate mathematical models. Due to an expected nonconventional structure of the airborne component, the...
Thesis
Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) refers to systems capable of harvesting energy from the wind by flying crosswind patterns with tethered airfoils. This thesis focuses on a specific technology called pumping mode AWE. We consider as a case study the real plant developed by the Dutch company Ampyx Power B.V., where the airborne component is a high lift rig...
Conference Paper
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Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) refers to systems capable of harvesting energy from wind by flying crosswind patterns with a tethered aircraft. Accurate models are crucial for tuning and validation of flight controllers. Due to the non-conventional structure of the airborne component, an intensive flight test campaign must be set where maneuvers are per...
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Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) refers to a novel technology capable of harvesting energy from wind by flying crosswind patterns with tethered autonomous aircraft. Successful design of flight controllers for AWE systems rely on the availability of accurate mathematical models. Due to the non-conventional structure of the airborne component, the system i...
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Accurate mathematical models of aerodynamic properties play an important role in the aerospace field. In some cases, system parameters of an aircraft can be estimated reliably only via flight tests. In order to obtain meaningful experimental data, the aircraft dynamics need to be excited via suitable maneuvers. In this paper, optimal maneuvers are...
Poster
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AWE companies are scaling up their system in order to be more cost effective and therefore to be competitive on the energy market. The scaling process requires numerous iterations and trade-offs so as to satisfy both technological and economical viability. In this poster we provide an overview on how to deal with this task via an optimal control ap...
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Airborne Wind Energy refers to systems capable of harvesting energy from the wind by flying crosswind patterns with a tethered aircraft. Tuning and validation of flight controllers for AWE systems depends on the availability of reasonable a priori models. In this paper, aerodynamic coefficients are estimated from data gathered from flight test camp...
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Airborne Wind Energy refers to systems capable of harvesting energy from the wind by flying crosswind patterns with a tethered aircraft. Tuning and validation of flight controllers for AWE systems depends on the availability of reasonable a priori models. In this paper, aerodynamic coefficients are estimated from data gathered from flight test camp...
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Airborne wind energy is an emerging technology that is capable of harvesting wind energy by flying crosswind flight patterns with a tethered aircraft. Several companies are trying to scale-up their concept in order to be competitive in the energy market. However, the scaling process requires numerous iterations and trade-offs among the different co...
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Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) concerns systems capable harvesting energy from the wind, offering an efficient alternative to traditional wind turbines by flying crosswind with a tethered airfoil. Such concepts involve a system more difficult to control than conventional wind turbines. These systems generally cannot be operated efficiently in very low...

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AWESCO was an interdisciplinary doctoral training network about an innovative renewable energy technology, combining eight academic and three industrial network partners with five associated partners, all selected on the basis of excellence and complementarity. The project has been awarded as a Marie Skłodowska Curie European Training Network within the EU framework programme Horizon 2020 (H2020-ITN-642682).