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Overview

Flight Dynamics takes a new approach to the science and mathematics of aircraft flight, unifying principles of aeronautics with contemporary systems analysis. While presenting traditional material that is critical to understanding aircraft motions, it does so in the context of modern computational tools and multivariable methods. Robert Stengel devotes particular attention to models and techniques that are appropriate for analysis, simulation, evaluation of flying qualities, and control system design. He establishes bridges to classical analysis and results, and explores new territory that was treated only inferentially in earlier books. This book combines a highly accessible style of presentation with contents that will appeal to graduate students and to professionals already familiar with basic flight dynamics.

Dynamic analysis has changed dramatically in recent decades, with the introduction of powerful personal computers and scientific programming languages. Analysis programs have become so pervasive that it can be assumed that all students and practicing engineers working on aircraft flight dynamics have access to them. Therefore, this book presents the principles, derivations, and equations of flight dynamics with frequent reference to MATLAB functions and examples.

By using common notation and not assuming a strong background in aeronautics, Flight Dynamics will engage a wide variety of readers. Introductions to aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, flying qualities, flight control, and the atmospheric and gravitational environment accompany the development of the aircraft's dynamic equations.

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Editorial Reviews

AIAA Journal - John Hodgkinson
[A] tour de force of a text. . . . This is an ambitious and important work. . . . As the very latest of this genre, Prof. Stengel's hefty volume brings the material up to the minute, tackles more topics with more depth, buttresses its analysis with MATLAB examples, and still does a superb job of stimulating and informing the reader. . . . [I]ts push toward computational synthesis does open a new door for this type of text.
IEEE Control Systems - Eric Feron
This book provides a significant addition to the existing literature on flight mechanics. It deserves to be part of the library of scholars and practicing flight mechanics engineers alike. The use of this text in an undergraduate course would require skilled care but would provide a valuable resource to its owner well past graduation.
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"[A] tour de force of a text. . . . This is an ambitious and important work. . . . As the very latest of this genre, Prof. Stengel's hefty volume brings the material up to the minute, tackles more topics with more depth, buttresses its analysis with MATLAB examples, and still does a superb job of stimulating and informing the reader. . . . [I]ts push toward computational synthesis does open a new door for this type of text."--John Hodgkinson, AIAA Journal

"This book provides a significant addition to the existing literature on flight mechanics. It deserves to be part of the library of scholars and practicing flight mechanics engineers alike. The use of this text in an undergraduate course would require skilled care but would provide a valuable resource to its owner well past graduation."--Eric Feron, IEEE Control Systems

AIAA Journal
[A] tour de force of a text. . . . This is an ambitious and important work. . . . As the very latest of this genre, Prof. Stengel's hefty volume brings the material up to the minute, tackles more topics with more depth, buttresses its analysis with MATLAB examples, and still does a superb job of stimulating and informing the reader. . . . [I]ts push toward computational synthesis does open a new door for this type of text.
— John Hodgkinson
IEEE Control Systems
This book provides a significant addition to the existing literature on flight mechanics. It deserves to be part of the library of scholars and practicing flight mechanics engineers alike. The use of this text in an undergraduate course would require skilled care but would provide a valuable resource to its owner well past graduation.
— Eric Feron
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691114071
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 9/27/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 752
  • Sales rank: 448,006
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert F. Stengel is Professor and former Associate Dean of Engineering and Applied Science at Princeton University, where he also directs the Program on Robotics and Intelligent Systems. He is the author of "Optimal Control and Estimation". He was a principal designer of the Apollo Lunar Module manual control logic.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Exploring the flight envelope 29
Ch. 3 Dynamics of aircraft motion 147
Ch. 4 Methods of analysis and design 273
Ch. 5 Longitudinal motions 451
Ch. 6 Lateral-directional motions 573
Ch. 7 Coupled longitudinal and lateral-directional motions 681
Ch. 8 Epilogue 803
App. A Constants, units, and conversion factors 807
App. B Mathematical model and six-degree-of-freedom simulation of a business jet aircraft 810
App. C Linear system survey 814
App. D Paper airplane program 816
App. E Bibliography of NASA reports related to aircraft configuration aerodynamics 818
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