Automation of Aircraft Engine Fuel Controls Tests: An Industrial Case Study involving PID Control of a Nozzle Emulator

Azolibe, I. and McGookin, E. (2015) Automation of Aircraft Engine Fuel Controls Tests: An Industrial Case Study involving PID Control of a Nozzle Emulator. In: 7th EVI-GTI International Gas Turbine Instrumentation Conference, London, UK, 3-5 Nov 2015,

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Abstract

The test of fuel control systems used on civil aircraft engines is performed with a network of distributed and, by design, isolated systems. The co-ordination of these test systems is performed manually by human operators in order to verify the airworthiness of a fuel control system throughout the products’ lifecycle. The main objective of this study is the automation of an existing network of systems for fuel control tests. The aspect of automation that is considered in this paper is the control of the engine nozzle emulator which is critical to determine the airworthiness of repaired fuel control systems. This system is realized using a model following PID controller design approach. The results from simulation studies and a hardware-in-the-loop test are presented. These demonstrate that this PID control structure provides the necessary level of accuracy and robustness for this engineering process.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Azolibe, Mr Ifeanyi and McGookin, Dr Euan
Authors: Azolibe, I., and McGookin, E.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Aerospace Sciences
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 IET
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
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