USAF Test Pilot School. Flying Qualities Textbook, Volume 2 Part 2
AIR FORCE TEST PILOT SCHOOL EDWARDS AFBCA
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Divergence experienced during rolling maneuvers has frequently been referred to as inertial coupling. This leads to a misconception of the problems involved. The divergence experienced during rolling maneuvers is complex because it involves not only inertial properties, but aerodynamic ones as well. The material in this chapter is intended to offer a physical explanation of the more important causes of roll coupling. Coupling results when a disturbance about one aircraft axis causes a disturbance about another axis. An example of uncoupled motion is the disturbance created by an elevator deflection. The resulting motion is restricted to pitching motion, and no disturbance occurs in yaw or roll. An example of coupled motion is the disturbance created by a rudder deflection. The ensuing motion will be some combination of both yawing and rolling that results in coupling problems large enough to threaten the structural integrity of the aircraft.
- Fluid Mechanics