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

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

2		Point-Mass Dynamics and Forces		Low-Speed Configuration Aerodynamics	 

3		Induced Drag and High-Speed 		Aerodynamic Moments

4		Cruising Flight Performance		Gliding, Climbing, and Turning Performance
5		Flight and Wind Tunnel Testing		Aircraft Equations of Motion		
6		Aircraft Equations of Motion		Control Devices and Systems

7		Linearized Equations of Motion		Longitudinal Dynamics

8		Lateral-Directional Dynamics		Analysis of Time Response

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

10		Advanced Problems of			Thanksgiving
		Longitudinal Dynamics			

11		Advanced Problems of			Flying Qualities Criteria
		Lateral-Directional Dynamics

12		Maneuvering Flight			Aeroelasticity and Fuel Slosh		
13		Problems of High Speed and Altitude	Atmospheric Hazards to Flight	


		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.
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