Analysis of nonlinear missile guidance systems through linear adjoint method

Khaled Gamal Eltohamy, Chen-Yuan Kuo

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In this paper, a linear simulation algorithm, the adjoint method, is modified and employed as an efficient tool for analyzing the contributions of system parameters to the miss-distance of a nonlinear time-varying missile guidance system model. As an example for the application of the linear adjoint method, the effect of missile flight time on the miss-distance is studied. Since the missile model is highly nonlinear and a time-varying linearized model is required to apply the adjoint method, a new technique that utilizes the time-reversed linearized coefficients of the missile as a replacement for the time-varying describing functions is applied and proven to be successful. It is found that, when compared with Monte Carlo generated results, simulation results of this linear adjoint technique provide acceptable accuracy and can be produced with much less effort.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)170-175
Number of pages6
JournalSmart Science
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2015


  • Linear adjoint method
  • Missile guidance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry (miscellaneous)
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Energy (miscellaneous)
  • General Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computational Mathematics


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