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Unit information: Aircraft Dynamics 4 in 2015/16

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Unit name Aircraft Dynamics 4
Unit code AENGM1300
Credit points 10
Level of study M/7
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Lowenberg
Open unit status Not open
Pre-requisites

AENG21330, EMAT 20200

Co-requisites

None

School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering

Description

The structure and function of aircraft control systems. Analysis will introduce discrete-time control theory, thus extending abilities to tackle stability and control as affected by discrete and continuous atmospheric disturbances. Certain problems associated with highly manoeuvrable aircraft at high angles of attack will be discussed, as will the special constraints on the flight envelope imposed by aeroelastic phenomena.

The aim of this unit is to bring together elements of flight dynamics and control theory into the context of aircraft design and response. Upon successful completion of the unit the student will be in a position to:

  • design and evaluate simple linear aircraft controllers to account for manoeuvre demand requirements, stability and handling qualities, basic implementation issues (including some fundamentals of digital controllers) and limitations associated with actuators and filters;
  • analyse aircraft response to discrete and continuous atmospheric disturbances;
  • understand the sources of typical non-linear flight mechanics problems encountered at high incidence;
  • appreciate aeroelastic phenomena.

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of the unit the student will be in a position to:

design and evaluate simple linear aircraft controllers to account for manoeuvre demand requirements, stability and handling qualities, basic implementation issues (including some fundamentals of digital controllers) and limitations associated with actuators and filters; analyse aircraft response to discrete and continuous atmospheric disturbances; understand the sources of typical non-linear flight mechanics problems encountered at high incidence; appreciate aeroelastic phenomena.

Teaching details

Lectures

Assessment Details

20% Coursework 80% 2-hour exam

Reading and References

Cook, M.V. Flight Dynamics Principles, Arnold, 1997 or 2nd edition 2007. Etkin, B. Dynamics of Flight – Stability and Control, J. Wiley and Sons, Inc. 1996. McLean, D. Automatic Flight Control Systems, Prentice Hall, 1990. Hodgkinson, J. Aircraft Handling Qualities, Blackwell Science, 1999. Pamadi, B.N. Performance, Stability, Dynamics and Control of Airplanes, AIAA Education Series, 1998. Hancock, G. An Introduction to the Flight Dynamics of Rigid Aeroplanes, Ellis Horwood, 1995. Nelson, R.C. Flight Stability and Automatic Control, McGraw-Hill, 1998

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