15 Credits SPRING

Aims/Description: The module provides students with an understanding of the principles of aircraft flight dynamics and the problems of controlling aircraft¿s motion. It introduces the equations of motion for a rigid body aircraft and the aerodynamic forces and moments are then determined. Static and dynamic stability, response characteristics are defined and methods for their analysis are next introduced. Flying and handling qualities of an aircraft, and disturbances affecting its motion, are developed. The fundamentals of aircraft feedback control system design and analysis are introduced together with stability augmentation and automatic flight control systems. The module provides knowledge for state-space approaches for aircraft control and guidance systems linked with airworthiness requirements for flying qualities and stability.

Staff Contact: Prof L Mihaylova
Teaching Methods: Lectures, Tutorials, Laboratory work, Independent Study
Assessment: Formal Exam, Course work

Information on the department responsible for this unit (Automatic Control and Systems Engineering):

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