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AERO5500: Flight Mechanics Test and Evaluation Adv (2020 - Semester 1)

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Unit: AERO5500: Flight Mechanics Test and Evaluation Adv [not running in 2019] (6 CP)
Mode: Normal-Day
On Offer: Yes
Level: Postgraduate
Faculty/School: School of Aerospace, Mechanical & Mechatronic Engineering
Unit Coordinator/s: Dr Gibbens, Peter
Session options: Semester 1
Versions for this Unit:
Site(s) for this Unit: http://www.aeromech.usyd.edu.au/flightm/
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Pre-Requisites: AERO9560 OR AERO8560 OR AERO3560.
Brief Handbook Description: This unit aims to develop an understanding of aircraft flight test, validation and verification, and the development of modern flight control, guidance, and navigation systems. Students will gain skills in analysis, problem solving and systems design in the areas of aircraft dynamic system identification and control.

At the end of this unit students will be able to understand elements of the following: the principles of stability augmentation systems and autopilot control systems in aircraft operation, their functions and purposes; the characteristics of closed loop system responses; advanced feedback control systems and state-space design techniques; the concepts of parameter and state estimation; the design of observers in the state space and the implementation of a Kalman Filter; multi-loop control and guidance systems and the reasons for their structures; flight test principles and procedures and the implementation a flight test programme.
Assumed Knowledge: BE in area of Aerospace Engineering or related Engineering Field.
Department Permission Department permission is required for enrollment in this session.
Lecturer/s: Dr Gibbens, Peter
Timetable: AERO5500 Timetable
Time Commitment:
# Activity Name Hours per Week Sessions per Week Weeks per Semester
1 Lecture 3.00 2 13
2 Tutorial 2.00 1 13
3 Independent Study 6.00 1 13
T&L Activities: Tutorial: Tutorials will be held in the PC labs which have the necessary PC and software facilities.

Independent Study: Problem based learning approach via solution of assessable design problems. Also requires research of advanced concepts. On the basis of 1 hr per week per CP

Attributes listed here represent the key course goals (see Course Map tab) designated for this unit. The list below describes how these attributes are developed through practice in the unit. See Learning Outcomes and Assessment tabs for details of how these attributes are assessed.

Attribute Development Method Attribute Developed
Learn mathematical tools for the prediction of aircraft flight behaviour and dynamic system analysis, and solve problems in the area of flight vehicle motion. Design (Level 3)
Understand the specifics of aircraft flight dynamics and stability. Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
Emphasis on use of information technology, capability to collect, correlate, interpret, display and analyse results and observations, and capability to apply appropriate technical skills. Skills in programming in Matlab. Information Seeking (Level 4)
Development of a professional approach to reporting of findings. Submissions are expected to be professionally prepared and presented. Communication (Level 3)
Develop ability to interact effectively as part of an engineering group. Particular emphasis on the ability to plan and achieve goals. Professional Conduct (Level 3)

For explanation of attributes and levels see Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018.

Learning outcomes are the key abilities and knowledge that will be assessed in this unit. They are listed according to the course goal supported by each. See Assessment Tab for details how each outcome is assessed.

Design (Level 3)
1. To appreciate flight test principles and procedures and to be capable of implementing a flight test programme
2. To understand the characteristics of closed loop system responses.
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4)
3. To understand the concepts of parameter and state estimation.
4. To understand the principles of stability augmentation systems and autopilot control systems in aircraft operation, their functions and purposes.
5. To understand advanced feedback control systems and state-space design techniques.
6. To be able to design observers in the state space
Information Seeking (Level 4)
7. To model aircraft flight characteristics using computational techniques.
Communication (Level 3)
8. Develop capabilities in written communication through preparation of reports
Professional Conduct (Level 3)
9. To be able to simulate and analyse the dynamic behaviour of an aircraft
Assessment Methods:
# Name Group Weight Due Week Outcomes
1 Major Project* No 100.00 Week 13 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9,
Assessment Description: "*" indicates an assessment task that must be repeated if a student misses it due to special consideration

Major Project: Assessment for this topic is based completely on a major project involving a (simulation based) flight test programme to identify the aerodynamic characteristics of an aircraft of the students choice, and the implementation of a modern control system.
Grading:
Grade Type Description
Standards Based Assessment Final grades in this unit are awarded at levels of HD for High Distinction, DI (previously D) for Distinction, CR for Credit, PS (previously P) for Pass and FA (previously F) for Fail as defined by University of Sydney Assessment Policy. Details of the Assessment Policy are available on the Policies website at http://sydney.edu.au/policies . Standards for grades in individual assessment tasks and the summative method for obtaining a final mark in the unit will be set out in a marking guide supplied by the unit coordinator.
Policies & Procedures: See the policies page of the faculty website at http://sydney.edu.au/engineering/student-policies/ for information regarding university policies and local provisions and procedures within the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Recommended Reference/s: Note: References are provided for guidance purposes only. Students are advised to consult these books in the university library. Purchase is not required.
  • Aircraft Control and Simulation
  • Airplane Flight Dynamics and Automatic Flight Controls
  • Dynamics of Atmospheric Flight
  • Dynamics of Flight: Stability and Control
  • Flight Stability and Automatic Control
  • USAF Stability and Control Datcom
Online Course Content: http://www.aeromech.usyd.edu.au/flightm/
Note on Resources: There is no specific text book required for this course. Reference material sufficient to pass this course is provided in the Lecture Notes for this course that can be found under the Flight Mechanics teaching page on the department`s web site http://www.aeromech.usyd.edu.au . The presentation of the course in lectures will roughly follow the sequence of these notes. Notwithstanding this, the books by Stevens and Lewis, Blakelock, Franklin, Powell and Emami-Naeni and by D`Azzo and Houpis are considered major

reference books for this course. The former is a recommended purchase for students who are serious about doing well in this course.

Note that the "Weeks" referred to in this Schedule are those of the official university semester calendar https://web.timetable.usyd.edu.au/calendar.jsp

Week Description
Week 1 Review of Flight Dynamics:
Controlability and Observability
System Identification
Model Order and Structure
Review aircraft dynamic system modeling.
Week 2 System identification cont'd
Estimation of aerodynamic and control characteristics in linear and nonlinear systems
Parameter identification techniques
Week 3 Manoeuvre characteristics in relation to parameters.
Manoeuvre design for optimal estimation.
Relationship of parameters to modal characteristics.
Manoeuvre design and specification:
Week 4 Flight test techniques and test schedule planning.
Flight test programmes
Manoeuvre specifications
Week 5 Estimation of aerodynamic and control characteristics in linear and nonlinear systems.
Week 6 Sensing and signal analysis
Week 7 Manoeuvre specifications.
Week 8 Validation and verification
Week 9 State space control
Week 10 State Space Control
Week 11 Major project
Week 12 Major project
Week 13 Major project
Assessment Due: Major Project*

Course Relations

The following is a list of courses which have added this Unit to their structure.

Course Year(s) Offered
Aeronautical (till 2014) 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Arts 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Commerce 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Medical Science 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Project Management 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Science 2014
Aeronautical Engineering / Law 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Commerce 2014
Aeronautical (Space) (till 2014) 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Arts 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Medical Science 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Project Management 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Science 2014
Aeronautical Engineering (Space) / Law 2014
Aeronautical Mid-Year 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Aeronautical / Arts 2015
Aeronautical / Commerce 2015
Aeronautical / Medical Science 2015
Aeronautical / Project Management 2015
Aeronautical / Science 2015
Aeronautical / Law 2015
Aeronautical (Space) 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Arts 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Commerce 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Medical Science 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Project Management 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Science 2015
Aeronautical (Space) / Law 2015
Master of Engineering 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Master of Engineering (Mechanical) 2011, 2012
Master of Professional Engineering (Accelerated) (Aerospace) 2019, 2020
Master of Professional Engineering (Aerospace) 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

Course Goals

This unit contributes to the achievement of the following course goals:

Attribute Practiced Assessed
Design (Level 3) Yes 28.58%
Engineering/IT Specialisation (Level 4) Yes 57.16%
Information Seeking (Level 4) Yes 0%
Communication (Level 3) Yes 0%
Professional Conduct (Level 3) Yes 14.29%
Project and Team Skills (Level 3) No 0%
Maths/Science Methods and Tools (Level 4) No 0%

These goals are selected from Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 which defines overall goals for courses where this unit is primarily offered. See Engineering & IT Graduate Outcomes Table 2018 for details of the attributes and levels to be developed in the course as a whole. Percentage figures alongside each course goal provide a rough indication of their relative weighting in assessment for this unit. Note that not all goals are necessarily part of assessment. Some may be more about practice activity. See Learning outcomes for details of what is assessed in relation to each goal and Assessment for details of how the outcome is assessed. See Attributes for details of practice provided for each goal.