Checking date: 23/05/2022

Course: 2022/2023

Onboard systems design
Study: Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering (251)


Department assigned to the subject: Department of Bioengineering and Aerospace Engineering

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Basic knowledge in Systems Engineering and in Aircraft Systems.
Fundamental and applied knowledge on Onboard Systems Design. Acquisition of the basic knowledge for Systems Engineering and its application to the Aircraft Onboard Systems. The students shall be able to understand the complete cycle of the Onboards Systems Design and to understand the Certification and Safety requirements applicable to such kind of Systems.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
Onboard Systems Design and Avionic Systems Technology Introduction. Avionics Systems Architectures and Integrated Modular Avionics. Avionic Systems Technology: Discrete and Analogue Interfaces and Digital Data Buses (AFDX, ARINC 429 and MIL-STD-1553B) Introduction. Certification Considerations for Onboard Systems Design: SAE ARP4754/A and SAE ARP4761 Introduction. Development Assurance for Onboard Systems Design: SAE ARP4754/A, RTCA DO-178B/C and RTCA DO-254 Introduction. Systems Engineering Overview. Systems Engineering Definition. Systems Engineering Frameworks. INCOSE Systems Engineering Introduction. Systems Engineering Technical Processes. Systems Engineering Management Processes. Systems Engineering Organizational Processes. Aircraft Systems Verification and Validation. Integration Testing. RIG Testing. Ground Tests. Flight Tests. Test Bench Practices. Primary Flight Display Practice.
Learning activities and methodology
Theory sessions. Practical Exercises during the sessions. Practices in Avionics Laboratory: - OSMC Test Bench Practices. - Primary Flight Display Design Practice. In addition, 1 hour/week as Office Hour by the professor.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 25
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 75
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • Cary R. Spitzer (Ed.). The Avionics Handbook. CRC Press. 2001
  • INCOSE. INCOSE Systems Engineering Handbook: A Guide for System Life Cycle Processes and Activities, 4th Edition. Wiley, ISBN: 978-1-118-99940-0. 2015
  • Ian Moir and Seabridge. Aircraft Systems. John Wiley & Sons. 2008
Additional Bibliography
  • ARP 4754. Certification Considerations for Highly-Integrated or Complex Aircraft Systems. SAE. 1996
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