FLIGHT MECHANICS, EA-1201
Flight mechanics is a subject dealing with the vehicle performance, its stability and control. Performance is defined by a large set of parameters and flight envelope curves. Stability and control deal with the vehicle’s response to static and dynamic changes of attitude. Books on this subject either focus on the first aspect (performances) or the second (stability and control). This is an engineering discipline that requires knowledge of many fields (mathematics, aerodynamics, aeroelasticity, aircraft design).
The art and science of flying an airplane owes much to stability and control. Sturdy structures and powerful power plants are simply not enough. Badly located centers of gravity (CG) may bring airplanes down.
This course deals mostly with performances of the fixed-wing aircraft in the atmosphere, but some stability issues will be treated as well. The last part of the course deals with orbital flight (satellites and other trans-atmospheric vehicles).
Course Unit: EA-1201
Course ObjectivesUpon completion of the course, the students will:
One homework will be assigned 4 weeks into the course (week 4). Students are required to solve problems and report the solution within the time allotted.
The assignement consists of a Flight Simulation Laboratory, to be performed at George Begg Building. The scope of this assignement is to learn the basics of aircraft flight, to determine simple performance curves in straight flight and to understand the difficulties of flight models. (with Dr David Petty).
Course Work Policy
How Much Should you Study ?For every hour of lecture you are expected to
NB: You are encouraged to solve standard problems, for example past examination papers, that are available from the undergraduate offices.
Rules of Conduct in the Class Room
Ethical standards are needed to avoid cases of plagiarism and cheating. These include
(but are not limited to): attempts to submit laboratory reports and course work
without attending experiments/lectures; submitting the work done by another person;
failure to give credit for ideas; copying from books; photocopying books and
publications covered by Copyright. Assisting other persons to cheat is also
considered an offense, and may be subject to disciplinary procedures. Acts of
plagiarism are reported to the undergraduate office and to the examiners. Please
refer to the students handbook for further details.
Dr A. Filippone
Dept. Mechanical Engineering
Thermo and Fluids Division
George Begg Building, Office C-38
Manchester M60 1QD
Phone (+44) 161- 200 3702 (direct)
[ For Orbital Mechanics ]
Mr S. Ziegler
Applied Mechanics Division
Pariser Building, Office C-23
Phone (+44) 161- 200 3836 (direct)
[ For Flight Simulation Labs ]
Dr D. Petty
Main Building, Office C-51
Phone (+44) 161- 200 3813 (direct)
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