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AE4303

Expected prior knowledge 
The following prior knowledge is required: AE3302 AE2204 (until 2012/2013) AE2235I (from 2013/2014)

Parts 
1. Introduction: Course use and arrangement a. Why automatic flight control systems? b. Function of the flight control system in civil aviation c. Recapitulation of theory on flight dynamics d. Review of the different frames of reference: wind, stability, body and geodetic etc. e. Nonlinear equations of motion of rigid aircraft. f. Trim and linearization of the nonlinear equations of motion. g. The linearized longitudinal aircraft dynamics using a statespace representation and the equivalent frequency domain form. 2. Recapitulation of systems and control theory a. From aircraft dynamics to differential equation a. Laplace transformation c. Elementary closed loop systems d. Transfer functions in Matlab 3. Poles and zeros a. First order systems b. Second order systems c. Pole placement for simple systems 4. Root locus method a. Characteristic equation b. Angle and magnitude conditions c. Root locus in Matlab 5. State space formulation a. Controllability, observability b. Ackerman's formula c. LQR 6. Basic controllers: P,PI,PD,PID 7. Frequency response a. Bode plots b. Bode plots in Matlab 8. Polar plots (Nyquist) 9. Performance and handling qualities a. The military specifications (MILSPEC) handling quality criteria b. The Control Anticipation Parameter (CAP) c. Gibsons Phase rate and Frequency criterion 10. Dynamic stability augmentation a. yaw dampers b. pitch dampers c. phugoid dampers 11. Static stability augmentation a. angle of attack feedback to improve static margin b. load factor feedback to improve manoeuvre margin c. sideslip feedback to improve directional static stability 12. Basic longitudinal autopilot modes a. pitch attitude hold mode b. altitude hold mode c. airspeed hold mode (using autothrottle) d. vertical speed 13. Basic lateral autopilot modes a. roll angle hold mode b. coordinated roll angle hold mode c. turn rate at constant altitude and speed d. heading angle hold mode 14. Longitudinal and lateral guidance modes a. glideslope hold mode b. automatic flare mode c. localizer hold mode d. VOR hold mode

Course Contents 
Classical control is still predominantly used in aerospace industry for the design and analysis of automatic flight control systems. Various existing control systems such as Stability Augmentation Systems (SAS), Control Augmentation Systems (CAS) and flybywire systems are reviewed in detail. The emphasis of the course lies in demonstrating, through application of classical frequency domain and state space techniques, how to design systems that fulfill the requirements imposed by the aviation authorities, with emphasis on understanding the benefits and limitations of such systems.

Study Goals 
After this course the student should be able to:
 substantiate the function of a Flight Control System(FCS) in civil/military aviation.
 apply the theory of flight dynamics and control to FCS design.
 verify if a given FCS satisfies the handling qualities criteria.
 design static and dynamic stability augmentation systems.
 design all longitudinal and lateral autopilot modes.

Education Method 
Lectures with computer demonstrations

Literature and Study Materials 
Course material to support the exercises will be posted on the blackboard.
Recommended literature  M.V. Cook, Principles in flight dynamics, Edward Arnold, London, 1997 ISBN 0340632003.  B.L. Stevens, F.L.Lewis, Aircraft control and simulation, Wiley, New York, 1992 ISBN 0471613975.  J. Roskam, Airplane flight dynamics and control Part II, , ISBN 18845885187.

Assessment 
Written closedbook examination

Remarks 
Some chairs may require students to perform a laboratory exercise or practical in conjunction with this course.

Setup 
At the end of each lecture, a simple take home assignment is given in order to gain experience in working with the course material. There will be a written examination at the end of the course. In the related practical AE4301P a control system must be designed that satisfies certain desired requirements.
