Establishing helicopter nonlinear flight simulation environment

Day Woei Chiou, Ciann Dong Yang, Ru Feng Liu

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The purpose of this paper is to establish a set of numerical methods to determine, according to the given helicopter geometrical configuration parameters, helicopter nonlinear mathematical models which are required in the simulations and control for helicopter motion. The approach starts with the theories of flight dynamics and aerodynamics to establish the nonlinear mathematical model of helicopter. Then, by using the equilibrium of force and moment, the trim points of different flight conditions of the helicopter are determined. At each trim point, the linearized model is derived by using the Taylor's series expansion, based on which poles (eigenvalues) can be found and stability analysis can be conducted. Finally, various control laws are added to the established mathematical model and nonlinear simulations are employed to verify the helicopter motions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)203-221
Number of pages19
JournalTransactions of the Aeronautical and Astronautical Society of the Republic of China
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2000 Sept 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering


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