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Modeling and simulation of aerospace vehicle dynamics, 2d ed.


Modeling and simulation of aerospace vehicle dynamics, 2d ed.

Zipfel, Peter H.

Am. Inst. of Aero. & Astro.


567 pages




Aerospace engineer Zipfel (U. of Florida) takes a two track approach to teaching modeling and simulation to aerospace students and professionals. First, he deals with invariant modeling of flight dynamics, laying out the mathematical foundations of modeling with Cartesian tensors, matrices, and coordinate systems. This part of the text uses the rotational time derivative and the Euler transformation of frames to formulate equations of motions in tensor form, Newton's law to yield the translational equations, and Euler's law to produce the attitude equations. Perturbation equations and aerodynamic derivatives complete the discussion of modeling. The second part applies these concepts to computer simulations of aerospace vehicles, from simple three-degrees-of-freedom trajectory simulations of hypersonic aircraft, rockets, and single-stage-to-orbit vehicles to six-degrees-of-freedom simulations of hypersonic aircrafts and missiles. He matches aerodynamics, autopilots, actuators, inertial navigation systems, and seekers with the full translational and attitude equations of motion.

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