Accession Number : ADA319976

Title :   Volume II. Flying Qualities Phase. Chapter 5: Longitudinal Static Stability.

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE TEST PILOT SCHOOL EDWARDS AFB CA

PDF Url : ADA319976

Report Date : OCT 1990

Pagination or Media Count : 126

Abstract : Static stability is the reaction of a body to a disturbance from equilibrium. To determine the static stability of a body, the body must be initially disturbed from its equilibrium state. If, when disturbed from equilibrium, the initial tendency of the body is to return to its original equilibrium position, the body displays positive static stability or is stable. If the initial tendency of the body is to remain in the disturbed position, the body is said to be neutral stable. However, should the body, when disturbed, initially tend to continue to displace from equilibrium, the body has negative static stability or is unstable. Longitudinal static stability or gust stability of an aircraft is determined in a similar manner. If an aircraft in equilibrium is momentarily disturbed by a vertical gust, the resulting change in angle of attack causes changes in lift coefficients on the aircraft (velocity is constant for this time period). The changes in lift coefficients produce additional aerodynamic forces and moments in this disturbed position. If the aerodynamic forces and moments created tend to return the aircraft to its original undisturbed condition, the aircraft possesses positive static stability or is stable. Should the aircraft tend to remain in the disturbed position, it possesses neutral stability. If the forces and moments tend to cause the aircraft to diverge further from equilibrium, the aircraft possesses negative longitudinal static stability or is unstable.

Descriptors :   *AERODYNAMIC STABILITY, *STATIC STABILITY, CENTER OF GRAVITY, PITCH(MOTION), EQUATIONS OF MOTION, ANGLE OF ATTACK, AERODYNAMIC LOADING, PARTIAL DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS, WING BODY CONFIGURATIONS, AERODYNAMIC LIFT, FORCE(MECHANICS), ELEVATORS.

Subject Categories : Aerodynamics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE