Title

Fiber optics for flight control systems

Date of Award

2014

Degree Name

M.S. in Electrical Engineering

Department

Department of Electrical Engineering

Advisor/Chair

Advisor: John G. Weber

Abstract

This paper investigates the use of fiber optic comminucation media in a digital flight control system. A number of recommendations are included to allow reliable use of fiber optics in this application. A proposed fiber optic media, AFDX, is studied using dynamic, real time models. The effect of latency introduced by AFDX is studied for an F-16 aircraft model. Finally, the effect of latency and jitter are correlated using a simpler induction heater model and PID controller.

Keywords

Optical fiber communication, Flight control, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Fiber Optics, AFDX, Avionics, Control Systems, F-16, Latency, Jitter

Rights Statement

Copyright © 2014, author

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