RESEARCH PAPERS: Gas Turbines: Controls and Diagnostics

Distributed Flight Control and Propulsion Control Implementation Issues and Lessons Learned

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W. R. Schley

Parker Aerospace Group, Control Systems Division-Military, 14300 Alton Parkway, Irvine CA 92618-1814

J. Eng. Gas Turbines Power 121(1), 96-101 (Jan 01, 1999) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2816319 History: Received April 01, 1998; Online November 19, 2007


This paper addresses the motivations for using a distributed control system architecture, technical challenges, typical functions which are off-loaded to remote terminals, sensor/effector interface issues, data bus selection, technology insertion issues, lessons learned, and objectives for future distributed control implementations. Typical design requirements, constraints, environmental conditions, and operational challenges will be described. Examples of various distributed control system implementations will be discussed, including both propulsion control and flight control examples.

Copyright © 1999 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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