The research and education in Flight Dynamics is focused on the multidiscplinary aspects of flight. Several research projects concern aeroservoelasticity where the interaction of aerodynamic forces with a flexible structure and a control system is the main interest. Numerical optimization methods are used for structural as well as control system design. The objective is to design more efficient aircraft in terms of performance and manoeuvrability using structural flexibility and active control techniques in the most beneficial way. Wind tunnel experiments are used to test concepts and also provide important information on the robustness and sensitivity to perturbations when optimization methods are used for design
Several research projects also involve using optimization techniques for improving operational performance of existing aircraft. Numerical optimization methods are developed for computing aircraft trajectories that minimize either time or fuel consumption for a given distance. For military applications, aircraft trajectories that minimize the probability of detection by radar and other sensors are also considered. Flight testing is used to demonstrate the usefulness of the developed methods.