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American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics

    Course Overview

    Practical Methods for Aircraft and Rotorcraft Flight Control Design and Hands-on Training Using CONDUIT®


    The course will be a combination of lectures, interspersed with associated hands-on lab exercises (aircraft and rotorcraft) to be completed by the students on their own computers using the standalone version of CONDUIT® that is also provided with the book. While our design approach is based on multi-objective parametric optimization, we intend that course attendees who use a different design method will still find the course a useful and comprehensive presentation of well validated flight-control principles and rules of thumb. This course should challenge the practicing engineer to consider where their flight-control processes can be improved or augmented. Also, while we make reference the basic tenants of feedback control theory, our focus in this course is on reducing the theoretical methods of aircraft and rotorcraft flight control to design practice for students and working-level engineers.

    Key Topics:

    • Present our extensive experience and lessons learned into a single comprehensive and practical course for academia and working-level flight control engineers.
    • Review of best practices in selection of handling qualities and flight control specifications, simulation modeling and fidelity assessment, and flight control design and analysis methods.
    • Demonstrate how flight dynamics and control theory is brought to practice by reviewing many historical aircraft and rotorcraft flight control design case studies and lessons learned.
    • Step-by-step presentation of multi-objective parametric optimization design using Feasible Sequential Quadratic Programming (FSQP), with a focus on how to apply this method to real-world flight control design problems.
    • Soft computing methods in optimal design
    • Demonstrate the optimization of a wide range of classical and modern control design methods (PID, model following, dynamic inverse, LQR, H-infinity) to meet a common set of design requirements using the multi-objective parametric optimization method and compare the resulting performance and robustness.
    • Hands-on exercises by the students on aircraft and rotorcraft flight control examples using student version of CONDUIT® to reinforce methods and get real-time experience with software and see the results.

    Who Should Attend:

    This course is intended for aerospace engineering faculty, students, and for practicing aircraft and rotorcraft flight dynamics and control system engineers. A basic knowledge of flight dynamics and control fundamentals, methods, and flight control concepts is assumed. However, the attendee is not expected to be an expert, and course will not contained advanced mathematics. This course should challenge the practicing engineer to consider where their flight-control processes can be improved or augmented with the design requirements and methods of simulation, design, and analysis as presented and illustrated herein. 

    Course Information:

    • Type of Course: Instructor-Led Short Course
    • Course Level: Advanced
    • Course Length: 2 days
    • AIAA CEU's available: yes