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Flight Stability and Automatic Control [Hardcover]

by Robert Nelson
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October 1, 1997 0070462739 978-0070462731 2
This edition of this this flight stability and controls guide features an unintimidating math level, full coverage of terminology, and expanded discussions of classical to modern control theory and autopilot designs. Extensive examples, problems, and historical notes, make this concise book a vital addition to the engineer's library.

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  • Hardcover: 456 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math; 2 edition (October 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070462739
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070462731
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #248,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
I found this textbook to include a large amount of concisely presented material on all aspects of aircraft stability and control and feedback control system design. It covers everything from the atmosphere, to development of forces and moments and equations of motion, to estimation of stability derivatives, analysis of dynamics and modes of motion, and handy reduced degrees of freedom. It also includes many examples of designing autopilots and stability augmentation systems. I really liked the examples which included both classical and state variable methods. Each chapter also has several interesting example problems. I would recommend this text for anyone in the field of aircraft or missile flight controls. The only dissappointing aspect of the text is what I consider an excessive number of typographical errors. I would caution anyone not to use the equations or formulas without first checking the derivation. The derivations are clear and concise enough that the reader should be able to find these errors.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent introductory book. Highly readable. August 26, 2000
The best aspect of this book is the simplicity in the exposition of ideas and concepts while giving more than enough information for an introductory book. Fully worked out examples are frequent throughout the chapters and helps even further in getting good grasp of new materials. If the reader has taken introductory courses in Vibration and/or Feedback Control, the book should be an easy read. The book is roughly divided into two parts: The flight dynamics part and control part. In the flight dynamics part, the explanation smoothly leads the reader from equation of motion to the concept of stability derivatives and how they relate to dynamic stability. The derivatives are very well explained and then summarized in tables for a quick reference. In the control part, the author starts from the classic linear feed back control and proceeds to the modern state space method and introduces optimal control design using linear quadratic regulator. The control part is an amazing time saver. I have never seen a more efficient introduction to optimal control as applied to aircraft dynamics. If the reader wants a full fledged treatment of optimal control of aircraft, the materials presented here are far from enough, but as an introductory book, this is an excellent exposition that lets the reader get to pace quickly and have straight forward perspective on the subject. Although there were some blatant typos, it is an excellent work and I highly recommend the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sloppy October 27, 2007
If this is a required text, as it was for me then buy it. The information isnt bad, and gives a good coverage of the subject, but the errata list I receieved from my professor spanned at least 20 pages, front and back. You'll learn controls with the right professor, but expect the book to confuse you with changing subscripts, even changing values in example problems. For example, the area of a wing in one example problem is listed as 945 ft^2 and yet the problem solves using the area of 965 ft^2. Equations will be missing subscripts entirely, or duplicate them. For example, in one end of the chapter section of problems, the 2-D coefficient of lift for the tail is listed twice as opposed to giving you one value for the tail, and another for the wing as they should have. Expect to make assumptions like they have never been made before either. So much will not be given to you, it will be up to you to decide what value is reasonable that youll use. Good luck to you if this is a required text.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Fundamentals Book by a Talented Writer October 5, 2000
By DCop
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This is an excellent book for the modern fundamentals of aircraft control design. Most subjects are clearly treated with just the right amount of illustrations and examples. The author makes good effort of explaining procedures without resorting to function calls from some software package. The last of the book devotes relatively little space to modern control theory. I would hope this talented writer would create something more advanced in the future that would expand on his treatment of the state observer and the use of the cost function.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Required Textbook April 20, 2014
By K.B.
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Not one of the most useful textbooks ever. I find that the material is often different from that which I learn in class. The techniques that my professor teaches are not always easy to discern in the text. I honestly don't understand why I was required to purchase this book, as I have not utilized it at all. The few times I've turned to it for assistance, it did not offer any. Perhaps if my teacher taught more closely with the book, it might be more helpful to me. But I find that the notes I am provided with in class are much more useful than this text.
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