Accession Number:

ADA080520

Title:

Using Vertical Gust Alleviation to Improve the Target Tracking Capability of the Control Configured YF-16.

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis,

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1979-08-01

Pagination or Media Count:

291.0

Abstract:

This thesis investigates the use of multiple aerodynamic control surfaces as a part of a flight control system configured to reduce aircraft pitch response to atmospheric disturbances. Coordinated deflection of two surfaces provides the desired gust alleviation with no decrease in system damping. At the same time, the commanded aircraft performance is improved relative to the performance of the baseline flight control system using a single control surface. The aircraft chosen for this analysis is the General Dynamics YF-16. This particular aircraft has a fly-by-wire electronic flight control system - an arrangement that permits the control surfaces to be electronically activated. A means of applying discrete vertical gusting to a modeled system is presented to permit evaluation of system performance. Using a simulation computer program, the YF-16 with baseline flight control system and Maneuver Enhancement augmentation are examined to determine gust response and pilot response characteristics.

Subject Categories:

  • Attack and Fighter Aircraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE