Development of Lateral-Directional Equivalent System Models for Selected U.S. Navy Tactical Aircraft.
Final rept. 1 Oct 81-30 Nov 82,
NAVAL AIR DEVELOPMENT CENTER WARMINSTER PA AIRCRAFT AND CREW SYSTEMS TECHNOLO GY DIRECTORATE
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The high order transfer functions representing the lateral directional responses to pilot control inputs were matched with low order equivalent forms in the frequency domain for five Navy tactical aircraft the A-6, A-7, S-3, F-14, and F-18. The candidate low order equivalent forms investigated were 1 the complete three degree of freedom representation of roll and sideslip angle responses, and 2 the single degree of freedom roll mode and Dutch roll approximations. Acceptable models were generally obtained for both forms. Simultaneous matching of sideslip and roll angle responses andor apriori information for the roots was required to match the full three degree of freedom forms. The equivalent system models are discussed in terms of their match statistics. The equivalent system modal parameters, when compared against the requirements of the military flying qualities specification, demonstrate Level 1 flying qualities for the conditions analyzed with the exception of roll angle time delay for the A-7 and F-18 airplanes. The A-7s lateral command augmentation structure results in Level 2-3 equivalent time delays, while the F-18s control force inputs produce Level 2 equivalent time delays.
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