MATLAB Stability and Control Toolbox Trim and Static Stability Module
- Tuesday, 03 January 2012
MATLAB Stability and Control Toolbox (MASCOT) utilizes geometric, aerodynamic, and inertial inputs to calculate air vehicle stability in a variety of critical flight conditions. The code is based on fundamental, non-linear equations of motion and is able to translate results into a qualitative, graphical scale useful to the non-expert.
MASCOT was created to provide the
conceptual aircraft designer accurate predictions
of air vehicle stability and control
characteristics. The code takes as input
mass property data in the form of an inertia
tensor, aerodynamic loading data, and
propulsion (i.e. thrust) loading data.
Using fundamental non-linear equations
of motion, MASCOT then calculates vehicle
trim and static stability data for the
desired flight condition(s). Available
flight conditions include six horizontal
and six landing rotation conditions with
varying options for engine out, crosswind,
and sideslip, plus three take-off rotation
conditions. Results are displayed through
a unique graphical interface developed to
provide the non-stability and control
expert conceptual design engineer a qualitative
scale indicating whether the vehicle
has acceptable, marginal, or unacceptable
static stability characteristics. If desired,
the user can also examine the detailed,
This work was done by Sean P. Kenny of Langley Research Center and Luis Crespo of the National Institute of Aerospace. LAR-17483-1
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