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Department of Control Design Engineering

Dr. Ir. Thomas Lombaerts
Research Fellow
Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics
Department System Dynamics and Control
DLR Oberpfaffenhofen
D-82234 Wessling
Phone: +49 (8153) 28-1370
Fax: +49 (8153) 28-1441
E-Mail: Thomas.Lombaerts (at) dlr.de


Research Interests:

  • Aircraft state estimation and Kalman filtering 
  • Aerodynamic model identification: structure selection and parameter identification, fault detection
  • Adaptive control and nonlinear dynamic inversion, Pseudo Control Hedging
  • Control Allocation 
  • Handling qualities and pilot workload analysis

Current Project:

  • ADFLICO: Adaptive Flight Control for Advanced Aircraft Concepts, 2012-2015
    EU FP7 Marie Curie International Outgoing Fellowship (IOF) in cooperation with NASA Ames 


Earlier Projects:

  • Wetter und Fliegen: internal DLR project, 2010-2012
  • GARTEUR: Action Group on Fault Tolerant Control, FM(AG16), 2005-2007
    in cooperation with Delft University of Technology, Airbus, QinetiQ, NLR, CIRA, University of Leicester, University of Cambridge, Bordeaux University,...
    The high fidelity Boeing 747 simulation model RECOVER (Reconfigurable Control for Vehicle Emergency Return) which has been used as a benchmark throughout the project can be downloaded here.


PhD Research (2005 - 2010):
Fault Tolerant Flight Control - A Physical Model Approach,
Delft University of Technology, 2010, ISBN: 978-90-815443-1-3

Publications and Reports 

Note: The 'Publications and Reports' link guides you to the DLR publications web server.

Previous journal publications:

  • Lombaerts, T.J.J., H.O. Huisman, Q.P. Chu, J.A. Mulder, and D.A. Joosten; Nonlinear Reconfiguring Flight Control based on Online Physical Model Identification. AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, 32(3):727-748, 2009. DOI: 10.2514/1.40788
  • Lombaerts, T.J.J., M.H. Smaili, O. Stroosma, Q.P. Chu, J.A. Mulder, and D.A. Joosten; Piloted Simulator Evaluation Results of New Fault-Tolerant Flight Control Algorithm. AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, 32(6):1747-1765, 2009. DOI: 10.2514/1.44280
  • Lombaerts, T.J.J., E.R. Van Oort, Q.P. Chu, J.A. Mulder and D.A. Joosten; On-Line Aerodynamic Model Structure Selection and Parameter Estimation for Fault Tolerant Control. AIAA Journal of Guidance, Control and Dynamics, 33(3):707-723, 2010. DOI: 10.2514/1.47256
  • Thomas Lombaerts, Ping Chu, Jan Albert (Bob) Mulder, Diederick Joosten; Modular Flight Control Reconfiguration Design and Simulation. Invited for a special Safeprocess '09 section in Control Engineering Practice, Elsevier, 19(6):540-554, 2011. DOI: 10.1016/j.conengprac.2010.12.008
  • Thomas Lombaerts, Gertjan Looye, Ping Chu, Jan Albert (Bob) Mulder, Fault Tolerant Flight Control, a Physical Model Approach. Aerospace Sciences and Technology, Elsevier, 2011. In press. DOI: 10.1016/j.ast.2011.07.004


  • Edwards, C., Lombaerts, T. J. J., & Smaili, M. H. (2010). Fault tolerant control A benchmark challenge. In Lecture Notes in Control and Information Sciences, Vol. 399. Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg; ISBN: 978-3-642-11689-6, DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-11690-2

Book chapters:

  • Lombaerts Thomas, Michiel van Schravendijk, Ping Chu and Jan Albert Mulder. Adaptive Nonlinear Flight Control and Control Allocation for Failure Resilience. In: Advances in Aerospace Guidance, Navigation and Control, Edited by Florian Holzapfel, Stephan Theil. Springer-Verlag, Heidelberg, 2010; ISBN 978-3-642-19816-8. Pages 41 53. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-19817-5_4