Thomas Lombaerts

German Aerospace Center Germany

Thomas Lombaerts was born in 1980 in Brussels, Belgium. He graduated cum laude in 2004 as an aerospace engineer, specializing in flight control at the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering, Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. In May 2010, he successfully defended his PhD research on Fault Tolerant Flight Control using a physical model approach at the same university. Since September 2010, he has been a research fellow at the German Aerospace Center DLR in Munich. His research interests include aircraft state estimation and Kalman filtering, aerodynamic model identification, adaptive and nonlinear control, control allocation, handling qualities, and pilot workload analysis. In 2011, he won a Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship (IOF) from the European Union for the ADFLICO research project, involving the scientific partners NASA and DLR. Several conference and journal publications as well as book chapters about his research have been published in the past years.

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The history of flight control is inseparably linked to the history of aviation itself. Since the early days, the concept of automatic flight control systems has evolved from mechanical control systems to highly advanced automatic fly-by-wire flight control systems which can be found nowadays in military jets and civil airliners. Even today, many research efforts are made for the further development of these flight control systems in various aspects. Recent new developments in this field focus on a wealth of different aspects. This book focuses on a selection of key research areas, such as inertial navigation, control of unmanned aircraft and helicopters, trajectory control of an unmanned space re-entry vehicle, aeroservoelastic control, adaptive flight control, and fault tolerant flight control. This book consists of two major sections. The first section focuses on a literature review and some recent theoretical developments in flight control systems. The second section discusses some concepts of adaptive and fault-tolerant flight control systems. Each technique discussed in this book is illustrated by a relevant example.

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