Simulating faults in integrated systems and their impact on the aircraft

Aparna Kansal, Amy Pritchett

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This paper focuses on estimating faults in complex large-scale integrated aircraft systems, especially where they interact with, and control, the aircraft dynamics. A general assumption considered in the reliability of such systems is that any component level fault will be monitored, detected and corrected by some fault management capability. However, a reliance on fault management assumes not only that it can detect and manage all faults, but also that it can do so in sufficient time to recover from any deviation in the aircraft dynamics and flight path. Thus, this paper examines how faults can ripple through a system by simulating the key dynamics within the system before and after any fault management may resolve them, using the case study of adaptive control's response to an elevator control reversal as a case study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2014 IEEE/AIAA 33rd Digital Avionics Systems Conference, DASC
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781479950010
StatePublished - Dec 8 2014
Event33rd Digital Avionics Systems Conference, DASC 2014 - Colorado Springs, United States
Duration: Oct 5 2014Oct 9 2014

Publication series

NameAIAA/IEEE Digital Avionics Systems Conference - Proceedings
ISSN (Print)2155-7195
ISSN (Electronic)2155-7209


Other33rd Digital Avionics Systems Conference, DASC 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityColorado Springs

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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