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Unformatted text preview: Definitions Chapter 11 Reference path: A path followed by an airplane in steady flight. Perturbed path: The path followed by an airplane after being disturbed from the reference path. Reference angle of attack: The angle of attack of the airplane along the reference path. Nondimensional stability derivatives. The perturbed aerodynamics are linearized about the reference path. This process requires derivatives evaluated on the reference path. These stability derivatives are expressed in terms of force and moment coeffcients. Linearized equations: The perturbed path is assumed to lie in the neigh borhood of the reference path (small perturbations), and the equations of motion are expanded in a Taylor series about the reference path. Only the first order terms are kept so that the resulting equations are linear. Small perturbation equations: See linearized equations. Dimensional stability derivatives: The linearized equations are written in the simplest form. In doing so, the coeffcients of the small perturba tions become dimensional. Characteristic equation: After the linear equations are transformed, the system matrix is the coeffcient of the states. The determinant of the system matrix set equal to zero is the characteristic equation. Modes: The response of a linear system is composed of several sub motions. These submotions are called modes. Time constant: The response of a firstorder system is characterized by a single constant called the time constant. Natural frequency: The oscillatory response of a secondorder system is characterized by two constants one of which is the natural frequency. It is the distance of one root from the origin. Damping ratio: The oscillatory response of a secondorder system is characterized by two constants one of which is the damping ratio. It is related to the angle that the line from the origin to one root makes with the real axis. Shortperiod mode: The typical longitudinal response of an airplane to a dis turbance is composed of two modes. The shortperiod mode has a high frequency and a high damping. Phugoid mode: The typical longitudinal response of an airplane to a disturbance is composed of two modes. The phugoid mode has a low frequency and a low damping. Approximate shortperiod mode: If the velocity is assumed to be con stant, the response of the airplane is governed by a secondorder equa tion which gives the approximate shortperiod mode. Approximate phugoid mode: If the angle of attack is assumed to be constant, the response of the airplane is governed by a secondorder equation which gives the approximate phugoid mode. Spiral mode: The characteristic equation for lateraldirectional motion of an airplane yields two real roots and one complex root. One real root gives the spiral mode, which is usually unstable....
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