Bringing together diverse topics in flight mechanics, aeroelasticity, and automatic controls, this book addresses the core issues involved in the dynamics, modeling, simulation, and control of fixed-wing aircraft. Covering basic principles applicable to both traditional rigid and modern flexible aircraft, the author explores the design and regulation of flight control systems and flight simulators, presents the latest techniques of modeling and simulation using MATLAB(R) and Simulink(R), and provides case studies demonstrating the application of control laws in modern aircraft. Featuring numerous illustrations and worked examples, the text serves as a useful guide for designers of hybrid flight control systems with advanced composite structural components in the wings, fuselage, and control surfaces.
Dr. Ranjan Vepa earned his PhD in applied mechanics from Stanford University, California. He currently serves as a lecturer in the School of Engineering and Material Science, Queen Mary University of London, where he has also been the programme director of the Avionics Programme since 2001. He conducts research on biomimetic morphing of wings and aerodynamic shape control and their applications to flight vehicles. Dr. Vepa is a member of the Royal Aeronautical Society, London; the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), New York; a fellow of the Higher Education Academy; a member of the Royal Institute of Navigation, London; and a chartered engineer.