Flight Control Design

MECH&AE 830.30

This course provides participants with an overall understanding of the challenges, objectives, and content of the program, and serves as an introduction to the entire spectrum of the technical content of VMS Engineering.…

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This course provides participants with an overall understanding of the challenges, objectives, and content of the program, and serves as an introduction to the entire spectrum of the technical content of VMS Engineering. Topics include the history of the field, design requirements, relevant aerospace characteristics of the aircraft, modeling and simulation, classical and modern controls analysis and synthesis, hydraulic and electrical actuation, safety and redundancy management, stability and control augmentation systems and fly-by-wire, pilot-in-the-loop simulation, systems integration and test, the integration of flight controls with other related systems on the aircraft, and a discussion of projected future trends. (Many of these topics are expanded and covered in greater depth in later courses in the program.) This course is presented in two versions: one tailored to employees with degrees in aerospace engineering and the other intended for employees with non-aerospace engineering degrees, such as electrical engineering, computer science, or computer engineering. Both cover the full spectrum of topics noted above, with the course for those with aerospace degrees being light on aerospace characteristics and heavier on the electronics, systems, and systems test topics, while the version for the non-aerospace engineers is heavier on the aerospace and pilot control flight characteristics, and lighter on electronics and systems test. Course schedule: Introduction to Flight Control Systems; Flying Qualities; Requirements and Military Specifications; Review of Aircraft Dynamics and Math Models; System Analysis Procedure; Stability and Maneuverability Considerations; Review of Control System Analysis/Synthesis Techniques; Control Power and Actuation Requirements; Safety, Reliability, and Maintainability Considerations; System Architecture and Redundancy Management; Control Laws--Stability and Control; Augmentation System; Pilot-in-the-Loop Simulation; Control Laws--Autopilot and Trajectory Controller; Test Stand Integration, Aircraft Ground and Flight Tests; Integrated Control; and Electronic Aircraft--Present and Future.

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