Journal of Theoretical
and Applied Mechanics

35, 1, pp. 137-158, Warsaw 1997

Aircraft stability analysis for strongly coupled aerodynamic configuration

Zdobysław Goraj, Piotr Kulicki, Maciej Lasek
Application of panel methods to flight dynamics analysis has been shown. The most important facts from panel methods theory (governing equations, boundary conditions forms, discretization methods etc.), having fundamental weight and making possible computing of the pressure distribution over the lifting and non-lifting surfaces, have been presented and discussed. Some numerical procedures for computing selected dynamic and aerodynamic characteristics, decisive from to stability point of view, namely downwash behind the main wing, stability and maneuverability neutral points and stability derivatives, have been discussed in details. Some results obtained numerically have been compared to those obtained from wind tunnels and by simplified engineering procedures.
Keywords: flight dynamics; panel methods; stability