Practical Methods for Aircraft and Rotorcraft Flight Control Design: An Optimization-Based Approach

Authors: Tischler, M. B., Berger, T., Ivler, C. M., Mansur, M. H., Cheung, K. K., Soong, J. Y.
Published: ©2017 by American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (Education Series)
Print ISBN: 978-1-62410-443-5

“The authors have created not only an indispensable guide and set of examples for CONDUIT®, but also a remarkably complete planning document, checklist, and text for any flight control design effort.”

John Hodgkinson, aircraft handling-qualities expert and author


“An excellent flight control textbook for senior undergraduate and/or graduate students, with a very well-balanced perspective covering the theory, implementation, and practical applications.”

Professor Kamran Turkoglu, Aerospace Engineering, San Jose State University
 

About the Book

Reducing the theoretical methods of flight control to design practice, Practical Methods for Aircraft and Rotorcraft Flight Control Design: An Optimization-Based Approach compiles the authors’ extensive experience and lessons learned into a single comprehensive resource for both academics and working flight control engineers.
 

Topics Discussed

  • Historical flight control design case studies and lessons learned, and best practices in selecting control law architecture, specifications, and simulation modeling.

  • Multi-objective parametric optimization design approach, with a focus on how to apply this method to both simple case studies and real-world piloted simulation and flight-test examples.

  • Optimization of classical and modern MIMO control design methods to meet a common set of design requirements and compare the resulting performance and robustness.
     

Special Features

  • Step-by-step illustrations of all methods using practical case studies covering the entire design cycle, from selection of design specifications and simulation model to optimization results and robustness analysis.

  • Specific guidelines for specification selection, simulation modeling, control design rules of thumb, robustness analysis, nested-loop architecture optimization, and design margin optimization.

  • Extensive problem sets and a solution guide for classrooms or self-study, giving hands-on real-world experience with methods and results. Student version of CONDUIT® for exercises is included.
     

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 – Introduction

  • Chapter 2 – Fundamentals of Control System Design Methodology Based on Multi-Objective Parametric Optimization

  • Chapter 3 – Overview of CONDUIT® Software

  • Chapter 4 – Description of XV-15 Design Case Studies

  • Chapter 5 – Quantitative Design Requirements for Flight Control

  • Chapter 6 – Simulation Requirements for Flight Control Design

  • Chapter 7 – Conceptual and Preliminary Design

  • Chapter 8 – Design Optimization

  • Chapter 9 – Sensitivity and Robustness Analyses of Design

  • Chapter 10 – Design Trade-offs and Piloted Feedback

  • Chapter 11 – Practical Application of Multi-Objective Parameter Optimization to Hover/Low-Speed Control Laws for a Conventional Helicopter

  • Chapter 12 – Practical Application of Multi-Objective Parameter Optimization to Longitudinal Control Law for A Business Jet Flight Control System

  • Chapter 13 – Alternative Design Methods Using CONDUIT®

  • Appendix A – Specifications

  • Appendix B – Summary of Suggested Guidelines

  • Appendix C – Exercises
     

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