A Caltech Library Service

Application of dynamical systems theory to nonlinear aircraft dynamics

Jahnke, Craig C. and Culick, Fred E. C. (1988) Application of dynamical systems theory to nonlinear aircraft dynamics. AIAA Papers, AIAA-88-4372 . American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics .

[img] PDF - Published Version
See Usage Policy.


Use this Persistent URL to link to this item:


Dynamical systems theory has been used to study nonlinear aircraft dynamics. A six degree of freedom model that neglects gravity has been analyzed. The aerodynamical model, supplied by NASA, is for a generic swept wing fighter and includes nonlinearities as functions of the angle of attack. A continuation method was use to calculate the steady states of the aircraft, and bifurcations of these steady states, as functions of the control deflections. Bifurcations were used to predict jump phenomena and the onset of periodic motion for roll coupling instabilities and high angle of attack maneuvers. The predictions were verified with numerical simulations.

Item Type:Report or Paper (Report)
Additional Information:© 1988 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. This work was partly supported by Caltech funds and partly by a grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Ames Dryden Flight Research Center.
Group:Guggenheim Jet Propulsion Center
Funding AgencyGrant Number
NASA Ames Dryden Flight Research CenterUNSPECIFIED
Other Numbering System:
Other Numbering System NameOther Numbering System ID
Guggenheim Jet Propulsion CenterUNSPECIFIED
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20101203-102240185
Persistent URL:
Official Citation:Application of dynamical systems theory to nonlinear aircraft dynamics CULICK, FRED E. C., California Institute of Technology, Pasadena AIAA-1988-4372 AIAA Atmospheric Flight Mechanics Conference, Minneapolis, MN, Aug 15-17, 1988.
Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:21148
Deposited By: Ruth Sustaita
Deposited On:03 Dec 2010 22:36
Last Modified:25 Mar 2014 04:32

Repository Staff Only: item control page