Design of experiments

Murray-Smith, D.J. and Padfield, G.D. (1991) Design of experiments. In: Rotorcraft System Identification. Series: AGARD lecture series (178). AGARD: Neuilly sur Seine, France. ISBN 9789283506409

Full text not currently available from Enlighten.


The planning and conduct of flight experiments is a critically important part of the system identification process. Factors such as the choice of test input signal and the duration of the experiment can have a major influence on the quality if the identification results. Other factors such as the quality of flight-crew and ground-crew briefings and the availability of on-line monitoring facilities also greatly influence the effectiveness of any flight testing programme. Inevitably there is a trade-off between performance and flight safety which must be taken fully into account at all stages of identification flight trials and influences the experimental design process and test matrix in a very significant way. Other important practical constraints arise in experimental design, especially when test input signals have to be applied manually by the pilot. The paper includes an outline of the forms of test input most commonly used for system identification and provides an account of methods of experimental design in which the value of a frequency-domain approach is emphasised.

Item Type:Book Sections
Keywords:Rotorcraft, helicopter, system identification, parameter estimation, experimental design, test signal, frequency-domain identification methods
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Murray-Smith, Professor David
Authors: Murray-Smith, D.J., and Padfield, G.D.
Subjects:T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy

University Staff: Request a correction | Enlighten Editors: Update this record