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Aerospace: Flight Control

The design, simulation, integration, and flight testing of flight control systems for modern aircraft constitutes a series of challenging multidisciplinary tasks that factor significantly in the overall time and cost of aircraft development.

The US Army Aviation Development Directorate - Aeroflightdynamics Directorate, in conjunction with the University Affiliated Research Center (UARC), have jointly developed a modern integrated tool set that addresses such technical challenges:

CIFER® (Comprehensive Identification from FrEquency Responses), a system identification tool based on a comprehensive frequency-response approach that is uniquely suited to the difficult problems associated with flight test data analysis.

CONDUIT® (CONtrol Designer's Unified InTerface), a state-of-the-art flight control design and optimization tool that allows the user to rapidly evaluate and optimize designs against relevant performance specifications and design criteria.

RIPTIDE (Real-time Interactive Prototype Technology Integration Development Environment), a high fidelity desktop simulation tool which provides a platform for rapid piloted simulation evaluation of the control law design.

Key Advantages of the Toolset:

  • Unique and integrated design environment that seamlessly brings together all relevant engineering disciplines under one common modeling platform.
  • Offers potential for significant reduction in time and cost of design, optimization, and simulation of modern flight control systems.

Contact Information:

Technical Contact
Dr. Mark B. Tischler
Flight Control Group Leader/Senior Scientist
US Army Aviation Development Directorate - AFDD

Software Contact
Kenny K. Cheung
Principal Flight Control Software Engineer/Task Manager
University Affiliated Research Center - UCSC

Sales Contact
Jonathan Soong
Licensing Specialist
University Affiliated Research Center - UCSC

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