Syllabus and Assignments for

Aircraft Flight Dynamics

MAE 331, Fall 2014

3-4:20 pm, Tues and Thurs
Engineering Quadrangle

Robert F. Stengel

School of Engineering and Applied Science
Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Princeton University

Week		Tuesday					Thursday
1		-					Introduction,
							Mathematical Preliminaries

2		Point-Mass Dynamics and Forces		Low-Speed Aerodynamics	 

3		Low-Speed Aerodynamics			Induced Drag and High-Speed 	

4		Aerodynamic Moments			Cruising Flight Performance	
5		Gliding, Climbing, and Turning 		Aircraft Equations of Motion
6		Aircraft Equations of Motion		Aircraft Equations of Motion

7		Control Devices and Systems		Linearized Equations of Motion


8		Longitudinal Dynamics			Lateral-Directional Dynamics

9		Analysis of Time Response		Transfer Functions and
							Frequency Response

10		Transfer Functions and			Root-Locus Analysis		
		Frequency Response			of Parameter Variations	
							and Feedback Control

11		Advanced Problems of			THANKSGIVING
		Longitudinal Dynamics			

12		Flying Qualities Criteria		Advanced Problems of		
							Lateral-Directional Dynamics

13		Maneuvering Flight			Aeroelasticity and Fuel Slosh		

		TERM PAPER DUE (Dean's Date)

Homework Assignments for 2014 (pdf)

Principal References

Supporting Reference

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 Aircraft Flight Dynamics
key words: aircraft flight dynamics, flight mechanics, stability and control, flying qualities, handling qualities, configuration aerodynamics, short period, phugoid, Dutch roll, roll, spiral, aeronautical case histories, aircraft performance, longitudinal dynamics, lateral-directional dynamics, coupled motions, inertial coupling, high angle of attack, aeroelasticity, nonlinear equations of motion, flight simulation, flight vehicles, earth's atmosphere.
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