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Mechanics of Flight

When you'll study it
Semester 2
CATS points
15
ECTS points
7.5
Level
Level 5
Module lead
David Angland
Academic year
2021-22

Module overview

This module further develops the fundamental concepts underpinning aircraft flight, stability, and control. The focus is initially on capturing the aerodynamic behaviour of lifting and control surfaces within simple mathematical models leading to simple 3-DOF equations of motion for a rigid aircraft.

Ideas of equilibrium and trim are captured by determining the steady control inputs needed to fly simple steady trajectories, including feasibility, conditional static stability, and drag optimality. These concepts are extended into three-dimensions using ideas of motion as a geometric transformation leading to the full 6-DOF dynamical systems, state space formulation, and flight simulators; linearization about a steady trajectory leads to linear state space models, characteristic motions and dynamic stability, response to gusts, stability augmentation, and linear control. The lectures are complemented by two formative coursework with relevance to the taught material.

Linked modules

Pre-requisites: SESA1015 and SESA2022

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