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Unit information: Flight Dynamics & Control 2 in 2019/20

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Unit name Flight Dynamics & Control 2
Unit code AENG20001
Credit points 10
Level of study I/5
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2 (weeks 13 - 24)
Unit director Professor. Tom Richardson
Open unit status Not open

AENG11301 Aeronautics & Mechanics EMAT10100 Engineering Mathematics 1


EMAT20200 Engineering Mathematics 2

School/department Department of Aerospace Engineering
Faculty Faculty of Engineering


• Within this unit, students will extend their knowledge of dynamics and learn how mathematical descriptions of aircraft motions are developed. In anticipation of the aircraft design studies in final year, processes will be developed for establishing conditions for static flight balance and flight stability. This implies knowledge of the principal forces acting on the whole aircraft, and methods for predicting or describing these will be revealed.

Intended learning outcomes

• On successful completion of this unit, students will have developed skills through the mechanics of flight for analysis of aircraft dynamics imposed by controls. Central to the skills which will arise from studies of forces acting on the whole aircraft will be the ability to analyse aircraft motions for the purpose of flight balance and for flight stability.

Teaching details

20 lectures and 2 example classes. There is also a flight simulation exercise to support the coursework submission. This is carried out on the university flight simulators and students have the opportunity to generate their own data for analysis. The exercise is directly linked to the unit lectures and there is a review of relevant theory, flight simulation test procedures and data analysis prior to the assignment.

Assessment Details

75% - Examination in May/June 25% – Coursework

Reading and References

Etkin, B., Reid, L.D. Dynamics of Flight, Stability and Control. 3rd Edition, Wiley, New York, 1996. McLean, D. Automatic Flight Control Systems. Prentice-Hall, Hemel Hempstead 1997. Prouty, R. W. Helicopter performance, stability, and control. , 2nd edition, Krieger Publishing Company, Florida, 2001. Russell, J.B. Performance and Stability of Aircraft. Arnold, London,1996. Cook, M.V. Flight Dynamics Principles. Arnold, London, 2012.