The Flight Dynamics and Control Toolbox

Other downloads

This page has been created to accommodate other software and/or literature downloads, in addition to the FDC toolbox and its user-manual. At present, there are three additional documents available: scanned versions of the MSc-thesis of M.O. Rauw and a related paper, all available in PDF format.

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The MSc-thesis of M.O. Rauw describes the first version of the toolbox, and provides detailed analysis of the 'Beaver' autopilot control modes. Since many parts of the thesis have been reproduced in the FDC 1.2 user-manual, most users won't need this document, but it may still be useful as additional background information. For this reason, a scanned version of the thesis is now available for download. Here's the full bibliographic information of this document:

Rauw, M.O.: "A Simulink Environment for Flight Dynamics and Control analysis - Application to the DHC-2 'Beaver' ". Part I: "Implementation of a model library in Simulink". Part II: "Nonlinear analysis of the 'Beaver' autopilot". MSc-thesis, Delft University of Technology, Faculty of Aerospace Engineering. Delft, The Netherlands, 1993.

The thesis consists of two parts. Part I gives an in-depth description of the first version of the FDC toolbox, covering roughly the same subjects as the FDC 1.2 user-manual. Part II describes the nonlinear analysis of the 'Beaver' autopilot, which may help to explain certain design decisions in chapters 11 and 12 of the FDC report. The thesis does not treat the initial autopilot design and the in-flight evaluation; those subjects were handled by other students at Delft University of Technology.

Both parts can be downloaded in PDF format by following the links in the table below. Please notice the large file-size of both documents!

thesis_mrauw_part1.pdf (5.102 kB) MSc-thesis, part 1
thesis_mrauw_part2.pdf (3.701 kB) MSc-thesis, part 2

A printed copy of the MSc-thesis can be ordered via the printing-on-demand service of, or via the NASA Scientific and Technical Information Program. More information about this has been included on the frequently asked questions page.

2AO-94 paper

The following paper is also available for download:

Rauw, M.O., Bennani, S., Van der Vaart, J.C.: "An Integrated Approach to the Design of Flight Control Systems using CAD Tools". Paper presented at the third ESIEE congress "2AO Automatique Assistée par Ordinateur" ('computer-assisted automation'), Noisy-le-Grand Cedex, France, November 17-18, 1994.

This paper was presented in 1994 on behalf of the Faculty of Aerospace Engineering of Delft University of Technology on an ESIEE conference near Paris. It describes the development of an integrated software environment for Flight Control System design and simulation within the Matlab/Simulink framework.

The paper can be downloaded in PDF format by following the link in the table below.

2AOpaper.pdf (1601 kB) 2AO-94 paper in PDF format

Note: the paper references LR-774, a technical report from Delft University of Technology that had yet to be published. Unfortunately, this report was never actually finished; instead, the documentation was developed further, resulting in the FDC user manual that can be downloaded from this website.

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