Accession Number : ADA586909


Title :   Comparison of Communication Architectures and Network Topologies for Distributed Propulsion Controls (Preprint)


Descriptive Note : Conference paper


Corporate Author : AIR FORCE RESEARCH LAB WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH AEROSPACE SYSTEMS DIR


Personal Author(s) : Von Moll, Alex ; Behbahani, Alireza R


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a586909.pdf


Report Date : May 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 44


Abstract : A distributed engine control system (DECS) offering flexibility and scalability is envisioned for the next generation of propulsion controls. Perhaps the most touted benefit of a DECS is the potential to reduce the amount of harnessing which connects throughout the engine. Such a system is comprised of several network sections incorporating control nodes or data concentrators (DCs). These DCs contain control logic to perform control function computations and are connected to the full authority digital engine control (FADEC) via a high-speed data communication bus. A novel approach for analyzing and evaluating three topologies?ring, star, and bus?in the context of a relevant military engine was described. In this study, the algorithm uses a particle swarm optimization process to evolve solutions to a multi-objective optimization problem. The results of this study indicate there is potential for large wire length savings in a distributed control architecture.


Descriptors :   *COMMUNICATIONS NETWORKS , *PROPULSION SYSTEMS , ALGORITHMS , ARCHITECTURE , COMPARISON , CONTROL SYSTEMS , MILITARY AIRCRAFT , NODES , PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING) , RINGS , STARS , TOPOLOGY


Subject Categories : Electric and Ion Propulsion
      Human Factors Engineering & Man Machine System


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE