ACS6411 Flight Dynamics and Control
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.
Credits: 15 (Spring semester)
Pre-requisites: ACS124 or equivalent
Professor Lyudmila Mihaylova
If you have any questions about the module please talk to me during the lectures or the labs in the first instance. It is likely that other students will learn from any questions you ask as well, so don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Outside of lectures please contact me via email, or drop in to see me.
By the end of the modules students will be able to:
1. appreciate the nomenclature used in describing aircraft stability and control [SMb1, SMb2]
This module satisfies the AHEP3 (Accreditation of Higher Education Programmes, Third Edition) Learning Outcomes that are listed in brackets after each learning outcome above. For further details on AHEP3 Learning Outcomes, see the downloads section of our accreditation webpage.
Aerodynamic nomenclature, forces and moments acting on aircraft. Longitudinal and lateral static and dynamic stability and control. Aircraft equations of motion, axis systems and stability derivatives. Longitudinal and lateral dynamic stability. Flight and handling qualities. Spiral and Dutch roll modes. Phugoid and short period oscillatory motions. Automatic flight control systems. Application of modern control theory to autopilot design. Instrument landing systems and sensors for air traffic control. Autonomy and UAVs.
Learning and Teaching Methods
Lectures: 30 hours
Learning and Teaching Materials
All teaching materials will be available via MOLE.
2 hour examination worth 75%.
No resit examination is available for this module.
Students are encouraged to provide feedback during the module direct to the lecturer. Students will also have the opportunity to provide formal feedback via the Faculty of Engineering Student Evaluation Survey at the end of the module.