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Stability Prediction of a UAV

Journal Article
ISSN: 1946-3855, e-ISSN: 1946-3901
Published October 18, 2011 by SAE International in United States
Stability Prediction of a UAV
Citation: Tuzcu, I., Awni, K., and Gonzalez-Rocha, J., "Stability Prediction of a UAV," SAE Int. J. Aerosp. 4(2):1441-1448, 2011,
Language: English


Typical design challenges for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) require low aerodynamic drag and structural weight. Both of these requirements imply that these aircraft are considerably more flexible than conventional aircraft and their stability analyses are more complex since they require models unifying rigid body and elastic dynamics. This paper aims to built such a model for a generic UAV. The model is then used to address stability in terms of divergence and flutter.