Princeton University

School of Engineering and Applied Science

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

* Aircraft Flight Dynamics* is an undergraduate course that presents theory and methods for describing and predicting the motions of aircraft. The course introduces students to the performance, stability, and control of a wide range of airborne vehicles. Attention is given to mathematical models and techniques for analysis, simulation, and evaluation of flying qualities, with brief discussion of guidance, navigation, and control issues. Topics include equations of motion, configuration aerodynamics, analysis of linear systems, and longitudinal/lateral/directional motions.

The slides used as lecture materials are presented here. While the course focuses on the *Science and Mathematics* of flight dynamics, historical antecedents are presented as *Case Studies* in aircraft performance, stability, and control. The science and mathematics component is based on **Flight Dynamics**** (2004)**. The case studies were initially motivated by **Airplane Stability and Control: A History of the Technologies that Made Aviation Possible**** (2002)**, M. J. Abzug and E. E. Larrabee, and they are enhanced by reference to current web-based content. Each lecture is one hour and twenty minutes long.

The portable document files presented here may be downloaded for non-commercial, educational use only, with acknowledgment of the source. Several graphics found on the web are included without attribution. Any graphic material that is deemed to infringe on another's copyright will be promptly removed upon formal notification by the copyright holder.

- Lecture 1:
**Introduction, Mathematical Preliminaries** - Lecture 2:
**Point-Mass Dynamics and Aerodynamic Forces** - Lecture 3:
**Aviation History** - Lecture 4:
**Configuration Aerodynamics - 1** - Lecture 5:
**Configuration Aerodynamics - 2** - Lecture 6:
**Cruising Flight Performance** - Lecture 7:
**Gliding, Climbing, and Turning Performance** - Lecture 8:
**Aircraft Equations of Motion - 1** - Lecture 9:
**Aircraft Equations of Motion - 2** - Lecture 10:
**Linearized Equations and Modes of Motion** - Lecture 11:
**Longitudinal Dynamics** - Lecture 12:
**Lateral-Directional Dynamics** - Lecture 13:
**Analysis of Time Response** - Lecture 14:
**Root-Locus Analysis of Parameter Variations** - Lecture 15:
**Transfer Functions and Frequency Response** - Lecture 16:
**Aircraft Control Devices and Systems** - Lecture 17:
**Flight Testing** - Lecture 18:
**Advanced Longitudinal Dynamics** - Lecture 19:
**Advanced Lateral-Directional Dynamics** - Lecture 20:
**Flying Qualities Criteria** - Lecture 21:
**Maneuvering and Aeroelasticity** - Lecture 22:
**Problems of High Speed and Altitude** - Lecture 23:
**Atmospheric Hazards to Flight** - Lecture 14:
**Configuration and Power Effects on Flight Stability**

M. J. Abzug and E. E. Larrabee, ** Airplane Stability and Control: A History of the Technologies that Made Aviation Possible**, Cambridge University Press, 2002.

**Lecture Slides for Robotics and Intelligent Systems (2013)**

**Lecture Slides for Space System Design (2008)**

**MAE 331, Aircraft Flight Dynamics**

last updated January 28, 2014, stengel@princeton.edu.

Copyright 2014 by Robert F. Stengel. All rights reserved.