Accession Number : ADA189675

Title :   F-16 Simulator for Man-in-the-Loop Testing of Aircraft Control Systems (SIMTACS).

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Kassan, Mark W

PDF Url : ADA189675

Report Date : Dec 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 176

Abstract : The focus of this project is the development of a real-time flight simulator for man-in-the-loop evaluation of flight control system designs. The F-16A is the simulated aircraft and a simplified F-16 digital flight control system is used. The simulations models nonlinear aerodynamic data over most of flight envelope and nonlinear inertially cross-coupled aircraft dynamics. The simulator is implemented on two Electronic Associates, Inc. SIMSTAR hybrid computer systems and an initial cockpit is designed for human pilot interactions. The simulated aircraft dynamic behavior is validated using AFTI/F-16 closed-loop time responses provided by the Air Force Flight Dynamics Laboratory. The real-time, man-in-the-loop simulator is designed using the SIMSTAR computer systems. Currently, the simulator performance is limited in the speed of response. This temporary lack of speed is the result of the computational limitations of the current digital processors of the SIMSTAR computer systems. These limitations can be removed with hardware upgrades.

Descriptors :   *FLIGHT SIMULATORS, AIRCRAFT, COCKPITS, COMPUTATIONS, COMPUTERS, CONTROL, CONTROL SYSTEMS, DIGITAL SYSTEMS, DYNAMIC RESPONSE, FLIGHT CONTROL SYSTEMS, FLIGHT ENVELOPE, HUMANS, HYBRID COMPUTERS, HYBRID SYSTEMS, INTERACTIONS, LIMITATIONS, MAN MACHINE SYSTEMS, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING), PILOTS, PROCESSING EQUIPMENT, REACTION TIME, REAL TIME, RESPONSE, SIMULATION, SIMULATORS, TEST AND EVALUATION, JET FIGHTERS

Subject Categories : Flight Control and Instrumentation

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE