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Kurtosis-based IMM filter for multiple MEMS gyroscopes fusion

Qiang Shen (Xi’an Research Institute of High-tech, Xi’an, China)
Jieyu Liu (Xi’an Research Institute of High-tech, Xi’an, China)
Huang Huang (Naval Aeronautical and Astronautical University, Yantai, China)
Qi Wang (Xi’an Research Institute of High-tech, Xi’an, China)
Weiwei Qin (Xi’an Research Institute of High-tech, Xi’an, China)

Sensor Review

ISSN: 0260-2288

Article publication date: 19 June 2017

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study is to explore a signal processing method to improve the angular rate accuracy of micro-electro-mechanical system (MEMS) gyroscope by combining numerous gyroscopes.

Design/methodology/approach

To improve the dynamic performance of the signal processing method, the interacting multiple model (IMM) can be applied to the fusion of gyroscope array. However, the standard IMM has constant Markov parameter, which may reduce the model switching speed. To overcome this problem, an adaptive IMM filter is developed based on the kurtosis of the gyroscope output, in which the transition probabilities are adjusted online by utilizing the dynamic information of the rate signal.

Findings

The experimental results indicate that the precision of the gyroscope array composed of six gyroscopes increases significantly and the kurtosis-based adaptive Markov parameter IMM filter (K-IMM) performs better than the baseline methods, especially under dynamic conditions. These experiments prove the validity of the proposed fusion method.

Practical implications

The proposed method can improve the accuracy of MEMS gyroscopes without breakthrough on hardware, which is necessary to extend their utility while not restricting the overwhelming advantages.

Original/value

A K-IMM algorithm is proposed in this paper, which is used to improve the angular rate accuracy of MEMS gyroscope by combining numerous gyroscopes.

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Citation

Shen, Q., Liu, J., Huang, H., Wang, Q. and Qin, W. (2017), "Kurtosis-based IMM filter for multiple MEMS gyroscopes fusion", Sensor Review, Vol. 37 No. 3, pp. 237-246. https://doi.org/10.1108/SR-08-2016-0147

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Emerald Publishing Limited

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