Methods for conceptual Flight Control System design

Christopher S. Beaverstock, Alireza Maheri, Thomas S. Richardson, Mark H. Lowenberg, Askin T. Isikveren

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

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Abstract

The traditional approach in aircraft conceptual design sizing for stability and control employs the so called "Tail Volume" method, which basically establishes static stability of the design via empirical handbook methods. The methodology dispenses with any formal definition of the Flight Control System architecture and topology, and, does not afford visibility of critical sizing scenarios to the designer. This situation creates a measure of uncertainty when attempts are made to model the flight physics problem, thus thwarting opportunities in performing an advanced assessment of flight handling qualities. This paper reviews the work-in-progress status of an innovative software package aimed at the con- ceptual design phase called Flight Control System Designer Toolkit (FCSDT) that permits Flight Control Systems architecture definition for primary and failure modes, facilitates generation of control laws, assists the designer in apportioning control allocation schedules, and finally, analyse the stability and control of aircraft models. Results regarding flight control system architecture design are based on a control surface layout obtained from the Boeing 747 technical manual. Stability and control assessments were based on aerodynamic data generated by the aerodynamic model builder interface to Digital DAT-COM provided by the European funded Framework 6 Program based on the Boeing 747 geometry.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication47th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event47th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: 5 Jan 20098 Jan 2009

Conference

Conference47th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period5/01/098/01/09

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control systems design
flight control
Flight control systems
control system
Systems analysis
flight
Conceptual design
Aerodynamics
aerodynamics
aircraft
Aircraft models
sizing
Control surfaces
Visibility
Software packages
Failure modes
aircraft design
aircraft models
visibility
static stability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Space and Planetary Science
  • Aerospace Engineering

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Beaverstock, C. S., Maheri, A., Richardson, T. S., Lowenberg, M. H., & Isikveren, A. T. (2009). Methods for conceptual Flight Control System design. In 47th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition [2009-1620]

Methods for conceptual Flight Control System design. / Beaverstock, Christopher S.; Maheri, Alireza; Richardson, Thomas S.; Lowenberg, Mark H.; Isikveren, Askin T.

47th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition. 2009. 2009-1620.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Beaverstock, CS, Maheri, A, Richardson, TS, Lowenberg, MH & Isikveren, AT 2009, Methods for conceptual Flight Control System design. in 47th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition., 2009-1620, 47th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition, Orlando, FL, United States, 5/01/09.
Beaverstock CS, Maheri A, Richardson TS, Lowenberg MH, Isikveren AT. Methods for conceptual Flight Control System design. In 47th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition. 2009. 2009-1620
Beaverstock, Christopher S. ; Maheri, Alireza ; Richardson, Thomas S. ; Lowenberg, Mark H. ; Isikveren, Askin T. / Methods for conceptual Flight Control System design. 47th AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting including the New Horizons Forum and Aerospace Exposition. 2009.
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