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Aircraft Control and Simulation, 2nd Edition

Aircraft Control and Simulation, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-471-37145-8

Oct 2003

680 pages


The updated revision of the well-respected book on analyzing aircraft performance
This Second Edition of the bestselling Aircraft Control and Simulation has been expanded and updated to include the latest technological advances in the field. In addition, a new section on basic aerodynamics, aircraft configuration, and static stability makes this complex material more accessible to beginners.
This comprehensive guide discusses the fundamental principles and theory of aircraft control and simulation. It also covers modeling and dynamic analysis, stability evaluation, multivariable control theory, and computer-aided design techniques. The inclusion of topics from geodesy and gravitation lays the groundwork for a discussion of the theory for suborbital aircraft now under development.
Special features of this new edition include:
* New and updated computer calculations using MATLAB(r)
* A new section on basic aerodynamics, aircraft configurations, and static stability
* Coverage of new MIMO design techniques, robustness theory, and nonlinear design
Complete with examples of actual designs from the aircraft industry plus exercise problems, Aircraft Control and Simulation, Second Edition is an excellent reference for anyone involved in the design and modeling of aerospace vehicles and an outstanding text for both undergraduates and graduate students.

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List of Tables.

List of Examples.


1 The Kinematics and Dynamics of Aircraft Motion.

1.1 Introduction.

1.2 Vector Kinematics.

1.3 Matrix Analysis of Kinematics.

1.4 Geodesy, Earth’s Gravitation, Terrestrial Navigation.

1.5 Rigid-Body Dynamics.

1.6 Summary.

2 Modeling the Aircraft.

2.1 Introduction.

2.2 Basic Aerodynamics.

2.3 Aircraft Forces and Moments.

2.4 Static Analysis.

2.5 The Nonlinear Aircraft Model.

2.6 Linear Models and the Stability Derivatives.

2.7 Summary.

3 Modeling, Design, and Simulation Tools.

3.1 Introduction.

3.2 State-Space Models.

3.3 Transfer Function Models.

3.4 Numerical Solution of the State Equations.

3.5 Aircraft Models for Simulation.

3.6 Steady-State Flight.

3.7 Numerical Linearization.

3.8 Aircraft Dynamic Behavior.

3.9 Feedback Control.

3.10 Summary.

4 Aircraft Dynamics and Classical Control Design.

4.1 Introduction.

4.2 Aircraft Rigid-Body Modes.

4.3 The Handling-Qualities Requirements.

4.4 Stability Augmentation.

4.5 Control Augmentation Systems.

4.6 Autopilots.

4.7 Nonlinear Simulation.

4.8 Summary.

5 Modern Design Techniques.

5.1 Introduction.

5.2 Assignment of Closed-Loop Dynamics.

5.3 Linear Quadratic Regulator with Output Feedback.

5.4 Tracking a Command.

5.5 Modifying the Performance Index.

5.6 Model-Following Design.

5.7 Linear Quadratic Design with Full State Feedback.

5.8 Dynamic Inversion Design.

5.9 Summary.

6 Robustness and Multivariable Frequency-Domain Techniques.

6.1 Introduction.

6.2 Multivariable Frequency-Domain Analysis.

6.3 Robust Output-Feedback Design.

6.4 Observers and the Kalman Filter.

6.5 LQG/Loop-Transfer Recovery.

6.6 Summary.

7 Digital Control.

7.1 Introduction.

7.2 Simulation of Digital Controllers.

7.3 Discretization of Continuous Controllers.

7.4 Modified Continuous Design.

7.5 Implementation Considerations.

7.6 Summary.

Appendix A F-16 Model.

Appendix B Software.


  • New to this edition: additional coverage of aerodynamics, aircraft configurations, and static stability for use in flight mechanics and control courses at the undergraduate level.
  • New and updated computer calculations throughout using Mat Lab software - the industry standard
  • New Multi-Input, Multi-Output (MIMO) design techniques, robustness theory, and non-linear design coverage bring modeling and simulation coverage to the state-of-the-art.
"The text should be of value to any student, researcher, or practitioner interested in flight control and simulation." (AIAA Journal: Vol.42, No.11; Nov. 2004)