Description

The study of flight dynamics requires a thorough understanding of the theory of the stability and control of aircraft, an appreciation of flight control systems and a grounding in the theory of automatic control. Flight Dynamics Principles is a student focused text and provides easy access to all three topics in an integrated modern systems context.

Written for those coming to the subject for the first time, the book provides a secure foundation from which to move on to more advanced topics such as, non-linear flight dynamics, flight simulation, handling qualities and advanced flight control.

Key Features

New to this edition:

  • Additional examples to illustrate the application of computational procedures using tools such as MATLAB®, MathCad® and Program CC®
  • Improved compatibility with, and more expansive coverage of the North American notational style
  • Expanded coverage of lateral-directional static stability, manoeuvrability, command augmentation and flight in turbulence
  • An additional coursework study on flight control design for an unmanned air vehicle (UAV)

Readership

Aerospace and aeronautical engineering students; CPD audience from the aero industry

Table of Contents

Preface

Preface to the second edition

Preface to the first edition

Acknowledgements

Nomenclature

Subscripts

Examples of other symbols and notation

Chapter 1. Introduction

1.1 Overview

1.2 Flying and handling qualities

1.3 General considerations

1.4 Aircraft equations of motion

1.5 Aerodynamics

1.6 Computers

1.7 Summary

References

Sources

Chapter 2. Systems of Axes and Notation

2.1 Earth axes

2.2 Aircraft body–fixed axes

2.3 Euler angles and aircraft attitude

2.4 Axes transformations

2.5 Aircraft reference geometry

2.6 Controls notation

2.7 Aerodynamic reference centres

References

Chapter 3. Static Equilibrium and Trim

3.1 Trim equilibrium

3.2 The pitching moment equation

3.3 Longitudinal static stability

3.4 Lateral-directional static stability

3.5 Calculation of aircraft trim condition

References

Source

Chapter 4. The Equations of Motion

4.1 The equations of motion for a rigid symmetric aircraft

4.2 The linearised equations of motion

4.3 The decoupled equations of motion

4.4 Alternative forms of the equations of motion

References

Chapter 5. The Solution of the Equations of Motion

5.1 Methods of solution

5.2 Cramer’s rule

5.3 Aircraft response transfer functions

5.4 Response to controls

5.5 Acceleration response transfer functions

5.6 The state-space method

5.7 State-space model augmentation

References

Chapter 6. Longitudinal Dynamics

6.1 Response to controls

6.2 The dynamic stability modes

6.3 Reduced-order models

6.4 Frequency response

6.5 Flying and handling qualities

6.6 Mode excitation

References

Chapter 7. Lat

Details

No. of pages:
608
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2013
Published:
Imprint:
Butterworth-Heinemann
Electronic ISBN:
9780080982762
Print ISBN:
9780080982427
Print ISBN:
9780081013083