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2nd Edition

Flight Dynamics, Simulation, and Control
For Rigid and Flexible Aircraft

  • Available for pre-order on March 21, 2023. Item will ship after April 11, 2023
ISBN 9781032210032
April 11, 2023 Forthcoming by CRC Press
712 Pages 131 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Flight Dynamics, Simulation, and Control of Aircraft: For Rigid and Flexible Aircraft, Second Edition explains the basics of nonlinear aircraft dynamics and the principles of control configured aircraft design, as applied to rigid and flexible aircraft, drones, and UAVs.

Addressing the details of dynamic modeling, simulation, and control in a selection of aircraft, the book explores key concepts associated with control configured elastic aircraft. It also covers the conventional dynamics of rigid aircraft and examines the use of linear and non-linear model-based techniques and their applications to flight control. The second edition features a new chapter on the dynamics and control principles of drones and unmanned aerial vehicles, aiding in the design of newer aircraft with a combination of propulsive and aerodynamic control surfaces. In addition, the book includes new sections, approx. 20 problems per chapter, examples, simulator exercises, and case studies to enhance and reinforce student understanding.

The book is intended for senior undergraduate and graduate mechanical and aerospace engineering students taking Flight Dynamics and Flight Control courses.

Instructors will be able to utilize an updated Solutions Manual and figure slides for their course.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to Flight Vehicles. 2. Basic Principles Governing Aerodynamic Flows. 3. Mechanics of Equilibrium Flight. 4. Aircraft Nonlinear Dynamics: Equations of Motion. 5. Small Perturbations and the Linearized, Decoupled Equations of Motion. 6. Longitudinal and Lateral Linear Stability and Control. 7. Aircraft Dynamic Response: Numerical Simulation and Nonlinear Phenomenon. 8. Aircraft Flight Control. 9. Piloted Simulation and Pilot Modelling. 10. Flight Dynamics of Elastic Aircraft. 11. Dynamics and Control of Drones and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

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Dr. Ranjan Vepa obtained his Ph. D. (Applied Mechanics) in 1975 from Stanford University, USA. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Engineering and Material Science, Queen Mary, University of London. He teaches Masters level courses on Advanced Spacecraft Design, Aircraft Flight Control and Simulation, Aeroelasticity and Robotics. He is the author of seven books titled: Electric Aircraft Dynamics: A Systems Engineering Approach, (CRC Press, 2020); Dynamics and Control of Autonomous Space Vehicles and Robotics, (Cambridge University Press, 2019); Nonlinear Control of Robots and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: An Integrated Approach, (CRC Press, 2016); Flight Dynamics Simulation and Control of Aircraft: Rigid and Flexible, (CRC Press, 2014); Dynamic Modelling, Simulation and Control of Energy Generation, (Springer, 2013); Dynamics of Smart Structures, (Wiley, 2010); and Biomimetic Robotics: Mechanisms and Control, (Cambridge University Press, 2009).

His research interests include design of control systems, and associated signal processing with applications in aerospace systems, smart structures, robotics, biomedical engineering, and energy systems. In particular, the research interests include dynamics and robust adaptive estimation and control of linear and nonlinear aerospace, energy systems, including renewable and sustainable energy and desalination systems with parametric and dynamic uncertainties. Dr. Vepa is also a Member, Royal Aeronautical Society, London and a Fellow of the UK's Higher Education Academy.