Development and analysis of a hybrid, virtual load sensor


In the course of the increasing efficiency of aircraft, new aircraft configurations with extreme wing aspect ratios and extremely light wing structures are becoming more and more important. As a result, aeroelastic and structural-mechanical issues in particular are increasingly coming into focus when designing an aircraft, but also when operating an aircraft. For example, active load reduction systems can drastically reduce the root bending moment. For this, the loads occurring during flight must be actively recorded with the help of real or virtual load sensors. The development of a virtual load sensor is the goal of current research work at the Institute of Aircraft Systems Engineering.


  • Familiarisation with the basics of load measurement, aerodynamics and (virtual) load sensors
  • Implementation of a simple physically motivated load sensor
  • Implementation of a data-based correction model
  • Investigation and analysis of the traceability of model uncertainties using error models
  • Analysis & evaluation of the results

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