Aerospace applications have always been an important area of consultancy activity for the company. Many of our engineers are well known in their respective fields and have published papers in international journals and conferences. Our aerospace expertise includes engineers with outstanding academic backgrounds and engineers with specific application knowledge. With our in-depth experience of both design techniques and application areas we are uniqely placed to realise real benefits for this industry sector.
Our customers include companies such as DERA, GEC and British Aerospace. Most of our work focusses on control and guidance of aerospace vehicles. This can take the form of either design of complete control systems, or analysis of an existing design using the latest powerful analysis methods. Other projects include vehicle model development, trade-off studies and system identification. Some of the types of application we have worked on are:
A flight control law has been developed for the DERA VAAC Harrier and flight tested. It uses multivariable control (MVC) to provide reduced cross-axis coupling and increase robustness.
Design and testing of helicopter stability augmentation systems. Handling qualities assessment in piloted simulation. Design of controllers and man machine interfaces for automatic/assisted landings onto moving platforms leading to piloted trials.
autopilot design using classical, H-infinity, LPV and NDI methods. Guidance system design by classical and H-infinity methods. Trajectory optimisation and trade-off studies.
Modelling and control of a motion platform. Validation of the control system in real-time on a model of the platform.
Six degree of freedom modelling of vehicles and their drivetrains. Weapon, power systems and projectile modelling.
Modelling and control of various concept vehicles. Application of mulivariable control to realise decoupled depth and pitch.
The MathWorks Ltd play an active role in the research arena taking part in GARTEUR (Group for Aeronautical Research in EURope) action groups. The company is currently involved in an action group looking at using new stability analysis methods to assist flight clearance of future air vehicles. Our engineers also regularly attend and present at international conferences.
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