Syllabus and Assignments for

Aircraft Flight Dynamics

MAE 331, Fall 2012

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

Aircraft Flight Dynamics
Week		Tuesday					Thursday
1		-					Introduction,
							Mathematical Preliminaries

2		Point-Mass Dynamics and Forces		Aviation History	 

3		Configuration Aerodynamics		Configuration Aerodynamics

4		Cruising Flight Performance		Gliding, Climbing, and Turning Performance
5		Aircraft Equations of Motion		Aircraft Equations of Motion		
6		Linearized Equations and		Longitudinal Dynamics
		Modes of Motion

7		Lateral-Directional Dynamics		Analysis of Time Response


8		Root-Locus Analysis			Transfer Functions and			
		of Parameter Variations			Frequency Response			

9		Aircraft Control Devices		Flight Testing
		and Systems				for Stability and Control

10		Advanced Problems of			Thanksgiving			
		Longitudinal Dynamics				

11		Advanced Problems of			Flying Qualities Criteria
		Lateral-Directional Dynamics

12		Maneuvering and Aeroelasticity		Problems of High Speed and Altitude
13		Atmospheric Hazards to Flight		Configuration and Power Effects
							on Flight Stability


		TERM PAPER DUE (Dean's Date)

Homework Assignments for 2012 (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.
last updated February 4, 2013, stengel at
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