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Final Report - COFCLUO (Clearance of flight control laws using optimisation)

Project ID: 30768
Funded under: FP6-AEROSPACE


This is the final report of the COFCLUO project. Proving to the certification authorities that an aircraft is safe to fly is a long and complicated process. It is the responsibility of the manufacturer to show that the aircraft complies with the certification specifications, and especially the so-called airworthiness code. This code contains a huge amount of different criteria that has to be met. Before manned flights are performed to show that an aircraft meets all the clearance criteria, simulations and computer computations are performed.

The COFCLUO project has focused on the computer computations in the certification process. If the computations can be made faster, time is saved which will reduce time to market for new products and will also allow for rapid prototyping. Moreover, it is also desirable to make the computations more detailed and accurate which will improve the quality of, and thus increase the safety of aircraft.

The report covers the motivation for the project, its objectives and the methods to be used. It later analyses the work performed and the results under the modelling, optimisation and evaluation phase. It concludes with the impacts of the project in the aircraft industry.

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