AE 460                                   AIRCRAFT STABILITY AND CONTROL                                Fall 2012

COURSE OUTLINE

Instructor:       Dr. Judah Ari-Gur, Room F-246, E-mail: judah.ari-gur@wmich.edu, Tel.: 276-3419

Office Hours:  Mon. & Thur. 4:00-4:50

Textbook:       Etkin, B. and Reid, L.D., Dynamics of Flight: Stability and Control, 3rd Ed., Wiley, 1996.

Reference:      Nelson, R.C., Flight Stability and Automatic Control, 2nd Ed., McGraw-Hill, 1998.

Prerequisites:  AAE 371 ; ME 360.

OBJECTIVES

The course objectives are to:

1)        introduce concepts of flight stability and control,

2)        study analysis methods of aircraft stability and control and

3)        apply them to the design of control surfaces for various configurations.

DESCRIPTION

The course deals with the analysis and implementation of aircraft stability and control. First, stability is defined and the affecting aerodynamic forces and moments are discussed. Then static stability is analyzed for longitudinal and lateral disturbances. Finally, dynamic stabilities and motion control are analyzed. Methods of analysis are studied thoroughly. Also, the relations to the design and use of control surfaces are emphasized.

TOPICS

Introduction; Definitions; Stability.

Static Stability and Control:

Longitudinal stability; Longitudinal control; Directional stability; Directional and lateral control; Coupling effects.

Longitudinal Dynamic Stability and Control:

Equations of motion; Stability derivatives; Solutions; Computational methods.

Lateral Dynamic Stability and Control:

Equations of motion; Stability derivatives; Solutions; Computational methods.

GRADING ( !!! 2012 Due Dates !!! )

Homework problems  - 20% (as assigned)

Midterm exam 1         - 20% (Mon., 8 Oct.)

Midterm exam 2         - 20% (Fri., 9 Nov.)

Final exam                  - 40% (8-10, Wed., 12 Dec.)

A=90%- ; BA=85%- ; B=80%- ; CB=75%- ; C=70%- ; DC=65%- ; D=60%-

ALL THE ASSIGNMENTS MUST BE SUBMITTED UNTIL DUE DATE.

LATE SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED (=ZERO GRADE) !!