Technical University Of Delft

Aerospace Systems and Control Theory


Iowa State Course Substitution

Flight Control Systems I

AER E 331

Course Info

International Credits: 4.0
Converted Credits: 2.5
Country: Netherlands
Language: English
Course Description:
This course teaches the elements of handling dynamics in systems encountered in Aerospace Engineering. The student is introduced to the concepts of dynamical systems; inputs, outputs and system boundary and environment. Students learn to connect different system descriptions; state-space models, transfer functions, differential equations and frequency response descriptions. Students learn block diagram descriptions and block diagram manipulation. Desirable and undesirable properties of control systems are distinguished, the choice between elementary controller types to match a specific controlled system is discussed. Tuning methods for the controller parameters include the root-locus method, and frequency design methods (Bode and Nyquist). The Nyquist stability criterion is introduced and used to determine closed-loop stability. The course uses examples commonly found in aerospace engineering, both dynamic models for whole systems (aircraft or satellites) and models for components, such as a landing gear or control surface with a hydraullic servo.


Evaluation Date:
August 8, 2016
Peter Sherman