DCAS is developing training and research activities to meet the scientific challenges on tomorrow’s air transportand future space systems. The department integrates environmental and social-economic dimensions into its studies such as reducing environmental impacts (consumption, noise, emissions), optimizing the design cycle and operating costs, increasing the safety of aerospace systems and improving the efficiency of human-machine systems.
The DCAS offers courses in the following areas :
- Flight mechanics, Aircraft design, Drones
- Orbital mechanics, Space
- Operation, maintenance and certification
- Control, decision, navigation and mission planning
- Human factors, Neuroergonomics
These courses are delivered within the scope of the ISAE-SUPAERO engineer program and within Masters and Advanced Masters programs. They provide scientific and conceptual skills through coursework. Technical skills are taught through the use of a flight simulator and aeronautics and space simulation software packages developed within the Department.
DCAS is involved in national or European research projects and collaborates with a large number of industrial partners (large groups, SMEs, start-ups).
DCAS researchers work in 4 research groups:
- Aircraft design;
- Space systems design;
- Decision and Control;
- Neuro-ergonomics and human factors.
The 4 research groups collaborate in 3 multidisciplinary areas:
- Safer navigation and control of aerospace sysrtems;
- Integrated multi-disciplinary aircraft design;
- Advanced space concepts.
Designing and operating safer aircraft
The goal of this topic are to carry out research for identifying and controlling critical flight conditions :
- Aircraft/drone : critical flights (ex: leaving the flight envelope, incoherence of parameters/complex failures, sub-system failures),
- Air-crew/operator: inadequate cognitive states (ex: attentional tunneling, perseverance, fatigue, distraction),
- Guaranteeing control performances independent of uncertainties and parametric variations,
- Defining intelligent supervision control processes to optimize flight safety under operational constraints,
- Developing an adaptive, failure-tolerant robust decision and control systems.
The DCAS resources include flight and space simulators, flying platforms (TB-20, P68), various neuro- and psycho-physiological measurement devices (fNIRS, EEG, ECG, eye tracking), motion platform, virtual reality simulator. These facilities allow the DCAS researchers to innovate in the fields of human factors (with the development of adaptive cockpits) and automated decisional systems implementing fail-safe laws, and auto-reconfigurable driving systems with respect to sub-system failures.
Integrated multi-disciplinary design of aircraft
Through different areas such as flight mechanics, aircraft design (multi-physical and multi-domain modelling) and control, the goal of this topic is to define optimal integrated design methods and algorithms, to develop aerodynamic, structural, propulsive and environmental models, etc. and to study strong and weak coupling between models.
The resources under development such as the Multidisciplinary Design Analysis and Optimization (MDAO) platform developed within the framework of OpenMDAO and the flight demonstrator are driving innovation : design of high aspect ratio aircraft, design of sub-systems (electrical deicing systems, demonstrators).
Advanced space concepts
This research topic focuses on various challenges within the framework of future concepts (within 15 years) including space debris management, autonomous navigation-based missions towards asteroids, in-orbit servicing for telecommunication satellites, space traffic management, and architecture of inhabited space stations on the surface of the Moon or Mars , among others.
Through system engineering and control , using space system design software packages which integrate already existing tools at the DCAS, this topic addresses the adaptation and/or development of design methods with a specific focus on interface management, architecture of large structures for inhabited exploration missions, formalization of trajectories and attitude control from launch phase to rendez vous phase on LEO, GEO, and LP orbits.
DCAS is developing CAST (Climate and Aviation - Sustainable Trajectories), an innovative web application, which allows everyone to assess the impact that air transport will have on the climate until 2050, depending on variables such as the volume of traffic , the fuel consumption per passenger-kilometer, or the decarbonisation of the fuel used. In addition to CO2 emissions, it also takes into account other effects of air transport that influence the climate, such as contrails or water and nitrogen oxide emissions.
Examples of ongoing studies
- Control of STOL and VTOL
- Guidance and navigation strategy for drones in an urban environment
- Regional aircraft with hydrogen-based hybrid propulsion
- Aviation carbon trajectories
- Design and optimization of high aspect ratio wings
- Low consumption electromechanical defrost systems
- Space debris mitigation
- Real-time monitoring of human performance
More informations about the department’s activities
|Emmanuel Bénard||Aircraft Design|
|Scott Delbecq||Aircraft Design|
|Joel Jezegou||Aircraft Design|
|Philippe Pastor||Aircraft Design|
|Eric Poquillon||Aircraft Design|
|Thibault Gateau||Space Systems Design|
|Stéphanie Lizy-Destrez||Space Systems Design|
|Annafederica Urbano||Space Systems Design|
|Daniel Alazard||Decision and control|
|Caroline Berard||Decision and control|
|Joel Bordeneuve||Decision and control|
|Yves Briere||Decision and control|
|Caroline Chanel||Decision and control|
|Nicolas Drougard||Decision and control|
|Leandro Ribeiro Lustosa||Space Systems Design|
|Valerie Pommier-Budinger||Decision and control|
|Francesco Sanfedino||Decision and control|
|Mickaël Causse||Neuro-ergonomics and human factors|
|Frédéric Dehais||Neuro-ergonomics and human factors|
|Vsevolod Peysakhovich||Neuro-ergonomics and human factors|
|Raphaëlle Roy||Neuro-ergonomics and human factors|
|Sébastien Scannella||Neuro-ergonomics and human factors|
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