Engineering

Simulating Aircraft Motion in Six Degrees of Freedom

Explore the principle techniques in simulating motion of various aircraft at various fidelity levels including six degrees of freedom (6 DoF). The ability to validly model motion is the cornerstone of a wide range of system design and operation projects. The course reviews basic aerodynamics, their relationship to equations of motion, and provides an orientation to their derivation. The course uses hands-on labs developing and experimenting with simulations of specific aircraft. The course uses a commercial software package to enable focus on the concepts without the distraction of developing software.

    Takeaways Include:
  • Participants understand and apply aerodynamic concepts.
  • Participants are able to build models and simulations of system motion.
  • Participants can begin or advance careers in the aerospace modeling and simulation industry.

Who Should Attend:

This course is appropriate for engineers, computer scientists and technicians tasked to employ, modify or develop aerospace vehicle motion simulaations and to conduct performance evaluations in military, government and aerospace industries.

    Topics Include:
  • Aerodynamics
  • Coordinate frames
  • Euler angles and rates
  • Propagation of coordinate frames
  • Quaternions and their propagation
  • Equations of motion
  • Actuators/Control Surfaces
  • Thrust

Prerequisites:
Undergraduate degree in engineering or a related field or equivalent experience.

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