Team with DLR participation wins the IFAC Industry competition on fault-tolerant control A team consisting of scientists from Munich University of Applied Sciences (HM), TU Dresden, Université Bordeaux and the DLR Institute of System Dynamics and Control won the Aerospace Industrial Benchmark competition for fault-tolerant control at the 2023 IFAC World Congress.
The fault-tolerant flight control system developed by the winning team can detect oscillatory faults on control surfaces of commercial aircraft in a very short time and switch to a predefined backup controller without any transients in the flight motion. The team also presented advanced methods for performance analysis of the chosen approach. The presented fault-tolerant flight controller achieved the best results among the 15 participating teams in the verification campaign of the competition organisers Airbus and Stellenbosch University (SA).
From left to right: Dr. Philippe Goupil (Airbus), Prof. Dr. Daniel Ossmann (Hochschule München), Christian Weiser (DLR), Dr. Felix Biertümpfel, Prof. Dr. Harald Pfifer (beide TU Dresden) (Credits: IFAC)
IFAC World Congress
The IFAC (International Federation of Automatic Control) World Congress is considered the largest event in the field of control engineering and has been held every three years since 1960. The event offers a comprehensive overview of the latest research results and attracts experts, scientists and engineers from all over the world. In 2023, this congress was held in Yokohama and the Emperor of Japan attended the opening ceremony.