The design of distributed control systems (DCSs) for large, civil gas turbine engines is a complex
architectural challenge. To date, the majority of research into DCSs has focused on the contributing
technologies and high temperature electronics rather than the architecture of the system itself. This
thesis proposes a method for the architectural design of distributed systems using a genetic algorithm to
generate, evaluate and refine designs. The proposed designs are analysed for their architectural quality,
lifecycle value and commercial benefit. The method is presented along with results proving the concept.
Whilst the method described here is applied exclusively to Distributed Control System (DCS) for jet
engines, the principles and methods could be adapted for a broad range of complex systems.
A dissertation thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of the degree Doctor of Engineering (EngD), at Loughborough University. A separate file of papers is in Closed Access.