## AEM 4303W: Flight Dynamics and Control

### Catalog Description

**Syllabus**

**AEM 4303W**

Flight Dynamics and Control

4 Credits

**Catalog Description**:

Forces/moments, trim, linearization, transfer functions, dynamic response characteristics for aircraft. Aircraft stability/control derivatives, static longitudinal/lateral stability. Phugoid, short period, spiral, roll subsidence, dutch roll modes. Handling qualities. Use of MatLab for dynamic analysis. Design project. Written reports.

**Course Web Address**:

http://www.aem.umn.edu/courses/aem4303/

**Prerequisites by Topic**:

1. Dynamics (AEM 2012)

2. Mechanics of Flight (AEM 2301)

3. Freshman composition (ENGC 1011 or equiv)

**Text**:

*Introduction to Aircraft
Flight Mechanics*, Thomas R. Yechout *et
al*, AIAA Education Series, 2003.

**Format of Course**:

4 hours of lecture per week

**Computer Usage**:

MatLab/Simulink

**Course Objectives**:

Develop an understanding of the rigid body equations of motion of aerospace vehicles, longitudinal and lateral stability control of aircraft, mathematical modeling of aerospace vehicles, aircraft flying qualities. Develop an ability to use computational tools to model aerospace vehicle dynamics. Development of written communication skills.

**Course Outcomes**:

Students who successfully complete the course will demonstrate the following outcomes by tests, homework, and written reports:

1. An understanding of mathematical modeling of the dynamics of aerospace vehicles

2. An understanding of the static stability of aircraft

3. An understanding of the dynamics response of aircraft.

4. An understanding of the flying qualities of aircraft

5. The ability to use computational tools to model aircraft

6. Ability to prepare a written report.

**Relationship of course to program objectives**:

This course develops topics in aircraft stability and control. It provides a broad background in aerospace engineering. It introduces essential tools and problem solving techniques and helps to produce graduates who can be successful in graduate level work.

**Relationship of course to program outcomes**:

This course provides the following outcomes:

1. Apply mathematics

2. Design and conduct experiments

3. System design

4. Identify engineering problems

5. Communication skills

6. Lifelong learning

7. Engineering tools

8. Aerodynamics

9. Flight mechanics

10. Stability and control

__Direct Measures__

Outcome: Design and Conduct Experiments

*Performance Criteria*: Students
demonstrate that they can identify the stability derivatives of small general
aviation aircraft by conducting a wind tunnel test.

*Assessment Method*: Technical
report

Outcomes: System Design, Stability and Control

*Performance Criteria*: Students
demonstrate that they can design a stability augmentation system for an
aircraft.

*Assessment Method*: Technical
report/memo

Outcome: Communications

*Performance Criteria*: Students
demonstrate that they can communicate engineering results.

*Assessment Method*: Technical
reports

Outcome: Lifelong learning

*Performance Criteria*: Students
demonstrate that they can research a topic (aircraft parameters) needed for
their technical reports.

*Assessment Method*: Homework
assignments and reports.

Outcome: Engineering Tools

*Performance Criteria*:
Students demonstrate that they can use Matlab/Simulink to analyze aircraft
dynamics and control.

*Assessment Method*: Homework
assignments and reports.

**Course Outline**:

Lectures |
Topics |

2 |
Review basic aerodynamics |

6 |
Longitudinal static stability and control and wind tunnel lab |

3 |
Lateral static stability and control |

3 |
Response of first and second order systems |

3 |
Introduction to MatLab/Simulink |

6 |
Vehicle equations of motion, small disturbance theory |

6 |
Longitudinal and lateral approximations |

3 |
Flying qualities |

** **

**Outcome Measurement**:

Accomplished through homework, periodic exams, a final exam, and laboratory and simulation project reports.

**Go-No-Goes:**

The go-no-goes for this course are the lab and simulation reports, which must be passed for the student to pass the course.

**Student Survey Questions:**

This course improved my ability to do the following:

1. Apply knowledge of math, science and engineering.

2. Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.

3. Communicate effectively.

4. Be aware of contemporary issues.

5. Use modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Please answer the following questions regarding this course:

6. The textbook was a useful reference and appropriate for the course.

7. The level of work required in this course was appropriate for the credit given.

8. The homework helped me understand static stability of aircraft.

9. The homework helped me understand the dynamic response of aircraft.

10. The laboratory helped me understand aerodynamic coefficients.

11. The laboratory helped me understand static longitudinal stability of aircraft.

12. The laboratory improved my ability to see the relationship between mathematical analyses and experimental observations.

13. The simulation project was interesting and appropriate for the course

14. The simulation project helped me understand computer modeling of the dynamic response of aerospace vehicles.

15. The simulation project helped me to understand feedback control.

16. The reports improved my ability in written technical communications.

**Last modified**:

2013-1-14

### Starting Spring 2015 this course will be 3 credits:

**Syllabus**

**AEM 4303W**

Flight Dynamics and Control

3 Credits

**Catalog Description**:

Forces/moments, trim, linearization, transfer functions, dynamic response characteristics for aircraft. Aircraft stability/control derivatives, static longitudinal/lateral stability. Phugoid, short period, spiral, roll subsidence, dutch roll modes. Handling qualities. Design project. Written reports.

**Course Web Address**:

http://www.aem.umn.edu/courses/aem4303/

**Prerequisites by Topic**:

1. Dynamics (AEM 2012)

2. Mechanics of Flight (AEM 2301)

3. Simulation (AEM 3101)

4. Freshman composition (WRIT 1301 or equiv)

**Text**:

*Introduction to Aircraft
Flight Mechanics*, Thomas R. Yechout *et
al*, AIAA Education Series, 2003.

**Format of Course**:

3 hours of lecture per week

**Computer Usage**:

MatLab/Simulink

**Course Objectives**:

Develop an understanding of the rigid body equations of motion of aircraft, longitudinal and lateral stability control of aircraft, mathematical modeling aircraft, and aircraft flying qualities. Builds on using computational tools to model aircraft dynamics. Development of written communication skills.

**Course Outcomes**:

Students who successfully complete the course will demonstrate the following outcomes by tests, homework, and written reports:

1. An understanding of mathematical modeling of the dynamics of aircraft

2. An understanding of the static stability of aircraft

3. An understanding of the dynamics response of aircraft.

4. An understanding of the flying qualities of aircraft

5. The ability to use computational tools to model aircraft

6. Ability to prepare a written report.

**Relationship of course to program objectives**:

This course develops topics in aircraft stability and control. It provides a broad background in aerospace engineering. It builds on essential tools and problem solving techniques and helps to produce graduates who can be successful in graduate level work.

**Relationship of course to program outcomes**:

This course provides the following outcomes:

1. Apply mathematics

2. Design and conduct experiments

3. System design

4. Identify engineering problems

5. Communication skills

6. Lifelong learning

7. Engineering tools

8. Aerodynamics

9. Flight mechanics

10. Stability and control

__Direct Measures__

Outcome: Design and Conduct Experiments

*Performance Criteria*: Students
demonstrate that they can identify the stability derivatives of small general
aviation aircraft by conducting a wind tunnel test.

*Assessment Method*: Technical
report

Outcomes: System Design, Stability and Control

*Performance Criteria*: Students
demonstrate that they can design a stability augmentation system for aircraft.

*Assessment Method*: Technical
report/memo

Outcome: Communications

*Performance Criteria*: Students
demonstrate that they can communicate engineering results.

*Assessment Method*: Technical
reports

Outcome: Lifelong learning

*Performance Criteria*: Students
demonstrate that they can research a topic (aircraft parameters) needed for
their technical reports.

*Assessment Method*: Homework
assignments and reports.

**Course Outline**:

Lectures |
Topics |

9 |
Review of Aircraft aerodynamics |

6 |
Aircraft equations of motion |

3 |
Longitudinal Dynamics |

3 |
Lateral Dynamics |

3 |
Maneuverability |

3 |
Stability |

3 |
Flying and Handling Qualities |

3 |
Command and Stability Augmentation |

3 |
Aerodynamic Modeling (wind tunnel experiment) |

3 |
Aerodynamic Stability and Control Derivatives |

** **

**Outcome Measurement**:

Accomplished through homework, periodic exams, a final exam, and laboratory and simulation project reports.

**Go-No-Goes:**

The go-no-goes for this course are the lab and simulation reports, which must be passed for the student to pass the course.

**Student Survey Questions:**

This course improved my ability to do the following:

1. Apply knowledge of math, science and engineering.

2. Identify, formulate and solve engineering problems.

3. Communicate effectively.

4. Be aware of contemporary issues.

5. Use modern engineering tools necessary for engineering practice.

Please answer the following questions regarding this course:

6. The textbook was a useful reference and appropriate for the course.

7. The level of work required in this course was appropriate for the credit given.

8. The homework helped me understand static stability of aircraft.

9. The homework helped me understand the dynamic response of aircraft.

10. The laboratory helped me understand aerodynamic coefficients.

11. The laboratory helped me understand static longitudinal stability of aircraft.

12. The laboratory improved my ability to see the relationship between mathematical analyses and experimental observations.

13. The simulation project was interesting and appropriate for the course

14. The simulation project helped me understand computer modeling of the dynamic response of aircraft.

15. The simulation project helped me to understand feedback control.

16. The reports improved my ability in written technical communications.

**Last modified**:

2013-2-1

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