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Master Thesis, 30 HP: Flight simulator integration in test rig

Linköping, Sweden
Closing date
30 December 2020
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The aircraft industry is constantly trying to shorten its development cycles. One of the ways we do it at Saab is to include model-based systems engineering in our daily work. Simulations are a crucial step in aircraft development, and they are present at every step in the development process.

In the Aeronautical Engineering division, flight mechanics simulations are used for control systems development and for the evaluation of the flight mechanical properties of an aircraft. We are now looking to extend the applicability of the flight mechanics simulator to earlier stages of aircraft development and to investigate its applicability to neighboring domains. One such application area is the actuator test rig from Linköping University.

Description of the master thesis

This Master Thesis aims at coupling the open-source JSBSim flight simulation tool with the Iron Bird test rig existing at Linköping University. The aim is to assess the compatibility between the two systems and design a methodology for coupling virtual models (the aircraft simulator) with the test rig for real-time simulations.

After successful simulator integration, depending on the student’s background different paths could be explored: the modeling path, focusing on the fidelity of the models used, and the integration path, focusing on the smooth coupling between different types of aircraft models, generated by different sources.

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This Master Thesis is suitable for 1 student with a strong interest in aircraft and/or flight simulation.

You are at the end of your master’s in aeronautical engineering, mechanical engineering, engineering physics or similar and about to start your Master Thesis work for 30 HP.

The thesis work covers several engineering disciplines so a broad technical background is advantageous. Knowledge of modeling and simulation is required. Programming skills are a must. CV, cover letter and a transcript of records should be included in your application.

The master thesis will be performed both at Saab Aeronautics and at Linköping University.

This position requires that you will be approved in a security screening in accordance with the Swedish Protective Security Act.

What you will be a part of

You will be part of Aeronautical Engineering department, made up of Flight Mechanics and Aircraft Performance, Aerodynamics, Control Systems and others. Your work will be in close relation to the Flight Mechanics group.

Contact information

Klara Grönhagen, Manager

010-216 8341

Alexandra Oprea, Master Thesis Supervisor

073-418 5794

If you aspire to help create and innovate whilst developing yourself in a challenging team setting, Saab may well have the perfect conditions for you to grow. We pride ourselves on a nurturing environment, where everyone is different yet we share the same goal – to help protect people.