Special Issue "Technologies for Future Distributed Engine Control Systems"

A special issue of Aerospace (ISSN 2226-4310).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 August 2021.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Radoslaw Przysowa
Guest Editor
Instytut Techniczny Wojsk Lotniczych (ITWL), ul. Księcia Bolesława 6, 01-494 Warszawa, Poland
Interests: measurement systems; instrumentation; turbomachinery; Aero-engine
Prof. Dr. Hany Moustapha
Guest Editor
Mechanical Engineering, École de Technologie Supérieure (ETS), Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Interests: aerodynamics; industry 4.0; Aero-engine; conceptual design; propulsion system; turbines

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Current trends in aviation greatly expand the use of highly integrated, increasingly autonomous air vehicles, with distributed engine control systems (DECS). Such systems allow for optimizing engine performance by enhancing propulsion control architecture. In DECS, each system element (i.e., sensors, actuators, and controllers) individually connects to the network and has multiple functions. Some of them require real-time communication for control while others may be less time critical. The weight of wiring and need for cooling are significantly reduced in the engine controlled by a DECS when compared to the traditional centralized FADEC.

Implementation of DECS using advanced sensing techniques, high temperature electronics and open data communication will reverse the growing trend of increasing ratio of control system weight to engine weight and will also be a major factor in decreasing overall cost of ownership. Challenges of implementation include need for validation of engine test cell proven sensing techniques, high temperature electronics (located on or close to the sensing element), development of simple, robust communications (simplifying and reducing the wiring harness), and power supply for the on-board distributed electronics. With the limitations of standard silicon technology for current smart sensors, newer material technologies such as Silicon on Insulator (SOI) and/or Silicon Carbide (SiC) electronics are required. This Special Issue aims to include selected papers presented at NATO AVT-357 Research Workshop to be held in Berlin, Germany, during the spring 2021 AVT Panel Business Meeting Week (17–21 October, 2021) but is also open for general submissions (outside the workshop).

Dr. Radoslaw Przysowa
Prof. Dr. Hany Moustapha
Guest Editors

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  • distributed intelligent control systems
  • fault tolerance concepts
  • robust control
  • flight safety
  • cybersecurity strategies
  • modular architectures
  • certification considerations
  • EMI-tolerant engine control networks
  • fiber-optic engine control networks
  • fly by light systems
  • high temperature-compatible communication architectures
  • standardized methodologies for component evaluation, integration, and testing
  • robust, reliable diagnostic and prognostic systems (PHM)
  • standardized smart sensors and actuators
  • standardized system infrastructure – software, power supplies, chips, communication hardware
  • use and transition of test cell proven advanced measurement techniques
  • fiber-optic sensing
  • certifiable components

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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