Flight Dynamics Principles, 1st Edition

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  • ISBN-10: 008098486X
  • ISBN-13: 9780080984865
  • DDC: 629.132
  • Grade Level Range: College Freshman - College Senior
  • 400 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2013 | Published/Released June 2014
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2013

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Flight dynamicists today need not only a thorough understanding of the classical stability and control theory of aircraft, but also a working appreciation of flight control systems and consequently a grounding in the theory of automatic control. In this text the author fulfils these requirements by developing the theory of stability and control of aircraft in a systems context. The key considerations are introduced using dimensional or normalised dimensional forms of the aircraft equations of motion only and through necessity the scope of the text will be limited to linearised small perturbation aircraft models. The material is intended for those coming to the subject for the first time and will provide a secure foundation from which to move into non-linear flight dynamics, simulation and advanced flight control. Placing emphasis on dynamics and their importance to flying and handling qualities it is accessible to both the aeronautical engineer and the control engineer.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction.
2: Systems of Axes and Notation.
3: Static Equilibrium and Trim.
4: The Equations of Motion.
5: The Solution of the Equations of Motion.
6: Longitudinal Dynamics.
7: Lateral-Directional Dynamics.
8: Manoeuvrability.
9: Stability.
10: Flying and Handling Qualities.
11: Stability Augmentation.
12: Aerodynamic Modelling.
13: Aerodynamic Stability and Control Derivatives.
Definitions of Aerodynamic Stability and Control Derivatives.
Aircraft Response Transfer Functions Referred to Aircraft Body Axes.
Units, Conversions and Constants.
A Very Short Table of Laplace Transforms.
The Dynamics of a Linear Second Order System.
Approximate Expressions for the Dimensionless Aerodynamic Stability and Control Derivatives.
The Transformation of Aerodynamic Stability Derivatives from a Body Axes Reference to a Wind Axes Reference.
The Transformation of the Moments and Products of Inertia from a Body Axes Reference to a Wind Axes Reference.
The Root Locus Plot.