Module Description

Module: Aircraft Systems II


Aircraft Systems IILecture3Summer Semester
Aircraft Systems IIRecitation Section (large)2Summer Semester

Module Responsibility:

Prof. Frank Thielecke

Admission Requirements:


Recommended Previous Knowledge:

basic knowledge of:

  • mathematics
  • mechanics
  • thermo dynamics
  • electronics
  • fluid technology
  • control technology

Educational Objectives:

Professional Competence

Theoretical Knowledge

Students are able to…

  • describe the structure of primary flight control systems as well as actuation-, avionic-, fuel-  and landing gear-systems in general along with corresponding properties and applications.
  • explain different configurations  and designs and their origins
  • explain atmospheric conditions for icing such as the functionality of anti-ice systems

Students are able to…

  • size primary flight control actuation systems
  • perform a controller design process for the flight control actuators
  • design high-lift kinematics
  • design and analyse landing gear systems
  • design anti-ice systems

Personal Competence

Social Competence

Students are able to:

  • Develop joint solutions in mixed teams

Students are able to:

  • derive requirements and perform appropriate yet simplified design processes for aircraft systems from complex issues and circumstances in a self-reliant manner

ECTS-Credit Points Module:



Written exam

Workload in Hours:

Independent Study Time: 110, Study Time in Lecture: 70

Course: Aircraft Systems II


Frank Thielecke




Summer Semester


  • Actuation (Principles of actuators; electro-mechanical actuators; modeling, analysis and sizing of position control systems; hydro-mechanic actuation systems)
  • Flight Control Systems (control surfaces, hinge moments; requirements of stability and controllability, actuation power; principles of reversible and irreversible flight control systems; servo actuation systems)
  • Landing Gear Systems (Configurations and geometries; analysis of landing gear systems with respect to damper dynamics, dynamics of the breaking aircraft and power consumption; design and analysis of breaking systems with respect to energy and heat; anti-skit systems)
  • Fuel Systems (Architectures; aviation fuels; system components; fueling system; tank inerting system; fuel management; trim tank)
  • De- and Anti-Ice Systems: (Atmospheric icing conditions; principles of de- and anti-ice systems)


  • Moir, Seabridge: Aircraft Systems
  • Torenbek: Synthesis of Subsonic Airplane Design
  • Curry: Aircraft Landing Gear Design: Principles and Practices