Institute of Flight Systems
Area of research:
Scientific / postdoctoral posts
The evolution of flight control systems in modern aircraft is particularly characterized by the steady increase in functionality. After the successful introduction of autopilots and fly-by-wire systems, complete automation of the flight control system is expected in the future and required for the introduction of unmanned aircraft.
Conventional design methods are more and more reaching their limits when it comes to designing safe and cost-effective flight control systems. For example, safety assessment during the design of the systems is based on predicting all possible failure scenarios during a hazard analysis. Complete identification of all relevant failure modes is becoming increasingly difficult due to increasing complexity of the systems. Furthermore, fixed intervals are often set for maintenance, without taking the actual stress on the systems into account. These intervals are defined very conservatively which often leads to unnecessarily high maintenance effort.
As part of your work, you will develop innovative methods for condition monitoring and failure forecasting for safety-critical components of flight control systems. In the context of the trend towards the More Electric Aircraft (MEA), your work will mainly focus on electrical and electromechanical systems for the actuation of control surfaces and high-lift systems. The goal is to reliably detect faults and damage and the initiation of function-preserving measures. You will become part of a highly motivated and dynamic team. We offer you a comprehensive program for further education, the opportunity for continuous scientific exchange at national and international conferences, and the environment for your personal academic qualification, e.g. obtaining a PhD. If you bring a high level of motivation and commitment as well as the creativity necessary for scientific work, we look forward to your application.