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Angewandte Flugmechanik und Flugregelung
Applied Flight Mechanics and Flight Controls



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Seit SoSe 2020

Fakultät V

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Institut für Luft- und Raumfahrt

35341400 FG Flugmechanik und Flugregelung

Silvestre, Flavio Jose

Ruwisch, Christopher Marcel Patrick

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Learning Outcomes

The course shall give the students the opportunity to experience Flight Mechanics and Flight Control under a practical point of view. Several concepts from the fields of aircraft performance, flight dynamics and flight control are implemented in a remotely-controlled unmanned aircraft and studied in the wind tunnel and in flight tests. Examples are for instance drag polar identification, aerodynamic efficiency and load factor, thrust model, aircraft stability and determination of the aerodynamic centre, dynamic model identification, stability and control derivatives, filtering, stability and control augmentation systems as well as autopilots. The projects are carried out in small groups. In addition to the learning objectives of preparing, carrying out and evaluating the projects, the students are trained in scientific work. They learn to present results in scientific papers and to summarise them in talks. This prepares the students for later work as scientists.


In this course, different methods of flight mechanics and flight control are applied. One student group works in one project. By participating in the presentations of the other groups, all students will get an insight into the projects that are carried out by the other groups during the semester. The student groups can work for example on following projects: - Identification of the thrust model of the airplane via wind-tunnel testing - Determination of the drag polar based on flights at different velocities - Determination of the aerodynamic centre based on flight tests with different CG positions - Identification of stability and control derivatives - Implementation of a filter for the measurement of wind angles - Implementation of a SAS for the longitudinal motion - Implementation of a SAS for the lateral-directional motion - Implementation of an autopilot for the longitudinal motion - Implementation of an autopilot for the lateral-directional motion

Module Components


All Courses are mandatory.

Course Name Type Number Cycle Language SWS
Applied Flight Mechanics and Flight Controls PJ 3534 L 10668 SS German/English 4

Workload and Credit Points

Applied Flight Mechanics and Flight Controls (PJ):

Workload description Multiplier Hours Total
Attendance 15.0 4.0h 60.0h
Pre/post processing 15.0 8.0h 120.0h
180.0h(~6 LP)
The Workload of the module sums up to 180.0 Hours. Therefore the module contains 6 Credits.

Description of Teaching and Learning Methods

At the beginning of the semester, there is an introduction to the course and the projects. Subsequently, in another lecture, the flight test vehicle and the hard- and software for the processing of the projects are presented. After these first lectures, the independent group work follows. Each session has 180 minutes. At the beginning of each session, each group presents the progress of the project to all students. During the semester, lectures on scientific work and presentation techniques are held. Halfway through the semester, there is an intermediate presentation of the results of the work so far.

Requirements for participation and examination

Desirable prerequisites for participation in the courses:

At least the participation in the course Flight Mechanics I (Flight Performance) is required. Previous attendance of the modules Flight Mechanics II (Flight Dynamics), Control Theory and Flight Control is desirable.

Mandatory requirements for the module test application:

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Module completion



Type of exam

Portfolio examination

Type of portfolio examination

100 points in total



Test elements

Name Points Categorie Duration/Extent
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Grading scale

Test description (Module completion)

- A weekly project meeting takes place every week. The students report briefly on their progress at each meeting. In the midterm presentation, the students give a short talk to present their work results. (15 points) - At the end of the semester, the students hold a talk the results. This talk has the format of a presentation at a scientific conference. The duration of the talk is 20 minutes. Afterwards, the auditorium can ask question for 5 minutes. - At the end of the semester, the students have to write a scientific paper. A template will be provided to the students. The paper has a minimum of 10 pages and a maximum of 20 pages. (50 points)

Duration of the Module

This module can be completed in one semester.

Maximum Number of Participants

The maximum capacity of students is 15.

Registration Procedures

Students must register in the secretary office with F5 (Christine Balder, until the first lecture date. The course is limited to 15 students (first come, first serve policy).

Recommended reading, Lecture notes

Lecture notes

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Electronical lecture notes

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Recommended literature
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Assigned Degree Programs

This module is not used in any degree program.


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