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Universidade Lusófona do Porto

Flight Dynamics and Control


To enable students to understand mathematical modeling of aircraft dynamics, static stability, and aircraft dynamic response, as well as provide students with the ability to use computational tools to model aircraft dynamics


Science in Aerospace Engineering

Level of Qualification|Semesters|ECTS

| Semestral | 5

Year | Type of course unit | Language

3 |Mandatory |Português



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  • Rigid Body Dynamics
  • Aircraft Systems Analysis
  • Flight Dynamics Modeling
  • Flight Dynamics Analysis
  • Flight Control
  • Rocket Dynamics


Introduce students to the basic principles of data acquisition for aircraft systems, modeling and dynamics analysis of aircraft electrical, hydraulic and pneumatic systems, design automatic controllers, stability and flight control, its study, its application and its performance, using analytical and numerical methods, and specific software. As well as giving a brief introduction to the areas of application, operation, performance and dynamics of a rocket.

Teaching methodologies and assessment

In theoretical lectures, the presentation of the different topics is aided by the analysis of examples. In the theoretical-practical lectures apart from the theoretical material, they will also be used for the resolution of exercises and to perform the assessment moments. Some of the time will also be devoted to the preparation of the computational project that will be part of the evaluation.

The evaluation will be divided between two written tests (25% + 45%) and a computational work (30%).

Individual and autonomous study outside the classroom environment is encouraged and considered fundamental. The web page of the course in the Moodle platform will be used to present the programmatic contents and pedagogical materials of support.

According to the ULP Assessment Regulations, the student will choose the evaluation regime: continuous or final.


  • Tipler, P.; Mosca, G., Física para Cientistas e Engenheiros, (6 edição), Volume 1,LTC -- Livros Técnicos e Científicos Editores S.A., Rio de Janeiro, 2009
  • Curtis, H., Orbital Mechanics for Engineering Students, third edition, 2013, Butterworth-Heinemann.

  • Cook, M. V., Flight Dynamics Principles, 3rd edition, 2012 (Butterworth-Heinemann, Elsevier, Oxford, UK ).

  • Yechout,T.,  Introduction to Aircraft Mechanics, 2003 (American Institute of Aeronautics & Astronautics).

  • McLean, D., Automatic Flight Control Systems. Prentice Hall, 1990.

  • Saranamuttoo, Ghih; Cohen, H.; Rogers, GFC., Gas Turbine Theory. Pearson Education 2009


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