Special Issue "Control and Optimization Problems in Aerospace Engineering"
A special issue of Aerospace (ISSN 2226-4310).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 December 2020).
Interests: computational mechanics; composites; acoustics; smart materials; thermal analysis; optimization; multiphysics analysis; viscoelasticity; structural dynamics
Interests: computational fluid dynamics; rocket propulsion; airbreathing propulsion; turbomachinery; turbulence modelling; reduced order modelling; high-order numerical methods
The present Special Issue entitled “Control and Optimization Problems in Aerospace Engineering” focuses on topics related to the use of mathematical control techniques to solve some typical problems of the aerospace industry. Historically, several mathematical techniques have been developed for this purpose. Among them, the geometric optimal control problem was developed on the basis of various concepts of differential geometry and it has been used for several aerospace applications. The method was employed, for example, for the study of the atmospheric re-entry of the space-shuttle.
Another approach related to this kind of problems is the homotopy method, which consists in the continuous simplification of a complex problem into a series of simpler parametrized ones. A typical application of this method is for the transfer orbit problem.
The range of applications of these techniques in relation to control problems in the aerospace field is quite large: vibrations suppression, passive and active dynamic control, jet engine control, transmission control, combustion analysis and control, acoustic transmission, thermal efficiency, aeroelastic couplings, etc. Moreover, the optimization techniques play an important role in the design of several aircraft components, including genetic algorithms, topology optimizations, neural networks for surrogate models, heuristic procedures based on simplified social models, i.e., particle swarm optimization, to cite a few.
In addition, it is well known that all the technologies, materials, and theoretical approaches firstly developed in the aerospace sector could have relevance in other industrial sectors, such as the automotive, maritime, and, in general, transports sectors, and also in areas such as that of wind energy.
To set a thematic focus beyond the areas of application, we are specifically looking for contributions on:
- Structural mechanics control problems
- Propulsion systems control problems
- Flight mechanics control problems
- Space flight control problems
- Vibration suppression
- Passive control
- Active dynamic control
- Smart materials for control applications
- Thermal efficiency
- Acoustic transmission optimization
- Jet engine control
- Transmission control
- Combustion efficiency
- Aeroelastic coupling problem
- Re-entry orbit problem
- Transfer orbit problem
Moreover, the focal topics listed above are not meant to exclude articles from additional areas. Similarly, we do not intend to limit the Special Issue’s focus to control problems only but aim to also include studies on optimization relevant applications in the aerospace sector.
We are looking forward to receiving your submissions and kindly invite you to address any of the Guest Editors in case of further questions.
Dr. Stefano Valvano
Dr. Andrea Ferrero
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