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TECS/THCS-based generic autopilot control laws for aircraft mission simulation

Looye, Gertjan (2013) TECS/THCS-based generic autopilot control laws for aircraft mission simulation. In: Advances in Aerospace Guidance, Navigation and Control. 2nd CEAS Specialist Conference on Guidance, Navigation & Control, 10.-12. Apr. 2013, Delft, The Netherlands.

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Mission simulation involves automated simulation of complete aircraft flights or flight segments in order to assess over-all metrics like block fuel, flight times and total emissions. This contribution presents a fully automated mission simulation environment that may be used in flight trajectory as well as aircraft or engine design optimisation loops. To this end, the environment covers the complete process, from integration of a flight dynamics model for the given aircraft configuration to simulation and assessment of all metrics of interest. The aircraft is usually represented by a point-mass, which is guided along 3D trajectories by means of generic autopilot guidance control laws based on the Total Heading and Total Energy Control Systems (THCS and TECS). These control structures elegantly accommodate all speed and path-related autopilot modes, control priorities, performance and protection limits and do not require aircraft-specific gain tuning. This paper discusses the mission simulation environment, the implementation of TECS / THCS herein, as well as example applications on dissimilar aircraft and missions types.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/83741/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:TECS/THCS-based generic autopilot control laws for aircraft mission simulation
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Date:June 2013
Journal or Publication Title:Advances in Aerospace Guidance, Navigation and Control
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:flight control laws, mission simulation, aircraft design analysis, autopilot control laws
Event Title:2nd CEAS Specialist Conference on Guidance, Navigation & Control
Event Location:Delft, The Netherlands
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:10.-12. Apr. 2013
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Aeronautics
HGF - Program Themes:Aircraft Research (old)
DLR - Research area:Aeronautics
DLR - Program:L AR - Aircraft Research
DLR - Research theme (Project):L - Systems & Cabin (old)
Location: Oberpfaffenhofen
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of System Dynamics and Control > Aircraft System Dynamics
Deposited By: Looye, Dr. Gertjan
Deposited On:02 Sep 2013 11:51
Last Modified:15 Jul 2019 15:40

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