ENGRMAE 175 Dynamics and Control of Aerospace Vehicles (2014-2015)

ENGRMAE 175 Dynamics and Control of Aerospace Vehicles

(Required for AE. Selected Elective for ME.)
Catalog Data:

ENGRMAE 175 Dynamics and Control of Aerospace Vehicles (Credit Units: 4) Equations of motion, linearization, stability dervatives, and longitudinal and lateral modes of motion. Handling qualities, sensors and actuators, and effects of various feedbacks on stability and performance, stability augmentation. Autopilot design. Prerequisite: MAE106. Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering majors have first consideration for enrollment. (Design units: 3)

Required Textbook:
. Edition, , 1969, ISBN-13 978-0750669276.

Recommended Textbook:
  • Etkin, B. and Reid L.D. Dynamics of Flight: Stability and Control, 3rd Edition, John Wiley and Sons, 1996.
  • Hodgkinson, J. Aircraft Handling Qualities, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Inc., 1999.
  • McCormick, B. Aerodynamics, Aeronautics and Flight Mechanics, John Wiley and Sons, Inc. 1994.
  • McRuer, D. Ashkenas, I. and Graham, D. Aircraft Dynamics and Automatic Control, Princeton University Press, 1973.
  • Nelson, Robert. Flight Stability and Automatic Controls, McGraw-Hill, 1989.
  • Roskam, J., Airplane Flight Dynamics and Automatic Flight Controls Parts I and II, Analysis and Research Corp, 1995.
  • Yechout, T. R. Introduction to Aircraft Flight Mechanics, AIAA Education Series, 2003.
Kenneth D. Mease
Relationship to Student Outcomes
This course relates to Student Outcomes: EAC a, EAC c, EAC e, EAC k.
Course Learning Outcomes. Students will:

1. Aircraft Stability Augmentation Design. (EAC c)

2. Computer-Aided Root Locus Design and System Simulation (EAC k)

3. Flight Mechanics, Stability and Control. (EAC e)

4. Differential Equations and Control (EAC a)

Prerequisites by Topic
  • Understanding of rigid body dynamics in two dimensions.
  • Understanding of linear control theory and methods.
Lecture Topics:
  • Historical overview of the mechanics and control of flight.
  • Aircraft equations of motion for rigid body model.
  • Trim and static stability.
  • Longitudinal flight modes.
  • Lateral-directional flight modes.
  • Handling qualities specifications.
  • Pitch axis stability augmentation.
  • Lateral-directional stability augmentation.
  • Autopilots.
  • Sensors and actuators
Class Schedule:

Meets for 3 hours of lecture and 1 hour of discussion each week for 10 weeks.

Computer Usage:

Control law design and analysis and flight simulation are carried out using the MATLAB™ computer-aided design software with the Control System Toolbox or an equivalent.

Laboratory Projects:


Professional Component

Contributes toward the Aerospace Engineering Topics courses and Major design experience.

Design Content Description

Design issues are addressed in lectures, discussions, homework, and the design project. Approximately 25% of weekly homework problems involve design issues. In the design project, students work individually to design a control system that meets given specifications. The design is fully documented in a written report and presented orally. The design project is assigned in the 5th week of classes and completed by the end of the 10th week. The project requires approximately 40 hours of work outside class. Weekly homework assignments require in total approximately 50 hours outside class time. The midterm and final exams are comprised of approximately 25% design problems.

Lectures: 50%
Laboratory Portion: 50%
Grading Criteria:
  • Homework: 20%
  • Midterm(s): 20%
  • Design Project: 30%
  • Final: 30%
  • Total: 100%
Estimated ABET Category Content:

Mathematics and Basic Science: 0.0 credit units

Computing: 0.0 credit units

Engineering Topics: 4.0 credit units

Engineering Science: 1.0 credit units

Engineering Design: 3.0 credit units

April 15, 2014
Senate Approved:
April 29, 2013
Approved Effective:
2013 Fall Qtr