Automatic Flight Control
Semester(s) in which to
With effect from:
Title of module being
eplaced (if any):
Dr Z Chen/
Dr Z Zouaoui
Module duration (contact
hours/ directed/ private
hrs private study
(identify programme where
Percentage taught by Subjects other than originating Subject
(please name other Subjects):
Programme(s) in which to be offered:
BEng (Hons) and BEng Ordinary:
Aeronautical and Electronic Eng’g (Avionics)
Completion of level 2
or equivalent studies.
(within a level):
To develop knowledge of aircraft dynamic stability and response, stability augmentation systems,
aircraft lateral and
longitudinal guidance systems.
To develop student proficiency in the application of design principles to the Flight Control System of
modern civil and military aircraft.
Expected Learning Outcomes
Knowledge and Understanding:
At the completion of th
is module, the student should be able to:
Confidently apply the equations of motion of a rigid aircraft referred to different axes systems
Critically use the longitudinal and lateral aerodynamic derivatives in the study of the aircraft
the definition of aircraft flying qualities and in the design of flight control systems.
Use classical and modern control systems algorithms to design stability augmentation systems and
lateral; and longitudinal guidance systems for both civilian and m
Transferable/Key Skills and other attributes:
1. System analysis
2. Solve problems,
3. Apply design
Please indicate the type(s) of assessment (eg examination, oral, coursework, project) and the
weighting of each
Details of indicative assessment should also be included
All learning outcomes will be assessed by means of
investigations based on
a case study.
course exercise is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the theory an
d their skills in
conducting system analysis. For example, an exercise of analysing the longitudinal short period
performance of an aircraft and designing a control system to improve the performance.
number (use as
Type of assessm
Word count (if
Portfolio based on a
Learning and Teaching Strategies:
Lectures, tutorials and laboratory exercises. App
oximately one third of the de
fined time will be devoted
to lectures, one third to tutorials and one third to directed private study.
Detailed and systematic study of navigational systems including the advantages and disadvantages
with respect to each other as wel
l as their operational requirements:
Equation of motion of a rigid aircraft:
referred to moving axis. Stability analysis. Axis system used
in stability analysis. Stability derivatives and stability analysis.
Transfer functions of motion:
variables to c
ontrol surfaces deflections. Aircraft longitudinal and
lateral modes. Aircraft flying qualities.
Stability and guidance control:
Stability augmentation systems. Longitudinal and lateral guidance
control systems. Navigational aids coupling into the flight
control system. Cross
parameters affecting overall performance.
Effect of wind and gusts:
on aircraft stability and control.
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