The Dynamics and Control Group addresses research problems relating to modelling, simulation and control of civil, mechanical and aerospace engineering systems.
The MS in Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering (Dynamics and Control) educates and trains multidisciplinary professionals in the modeling, analysis, simulation, and control of complex time-evolutionary systems.
Development, analysis and validation of models.
The vehicles models that we work with range from first principles physics models to very high order combined finite element and computational fluid dynamics models. Using a range of model fidelity is important for model validation, including that important first step of demonstrating “face validity.” Literal analysis of low order models remains an important way to track vehicle and controller parameters through to closed-loop performance.
Systems Technology has explored the complex dynamics of probe-and-drogue aerial refueling as a manual control and autonomous systems task.