Checking date: 07/09/2023

Course: 2023/2024

Advanced Flight Mechanics
Master in Aeronautical Engineering / Máster Universitario en Ingeniería Aeronáutica (Plan: 328 - Estudio: 296)

Coordinating teacher: Zhou Zhu, Jiewei

Department assigned to the subject: Aerospace Engineering Department

Type: Compulsory
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Students at the end of the course should be able to: - Become familiar with the dynamical description of aerospace vehicles as rigid bodies. - Solve and analyse the motion of an aerospace vehicle after being disturbed. - Understand the effect of the actuators in the motion of the vehicle. - Design control algorithms to get the desired response of an aerospace vehicle in certain conditions - Have the required knowledge and understanding to provide a basis for original development, often within a research context - Apply their knowledge and ability to solve problems in new or unfamiliar environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to their field of study - Integrate knowledge and handle complexity, and formulate judgments based on information that was incomplete or limited. - Communicate their conclusions and the knowledge and rationale underpinning to specialists and non- specialists in a clear and unambiguous way. - Acquire the learning skills to allow them to continue studying in a self-directed or autonomous way.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. Introduction 2.- General equations of non-stationary motion 2.1 - Derivatives of stability 2.2.- Longitudinal stability of uncontrolled motion 2.3.- Lateral-directional stability of uncontrolled motion 2.4.- Response to the action of controls. Open loop. 3.- Aerospace navigation elements. 4.- Closed loop control 5.- Handling qualities
Learning activities and methodology
FORMATION ACTIVITIES AF1 - Theoretical class AF2 - Practical class AF3 - Practice in computer room AF5 - Individual student work AF6 - Tutorials AF7 - Midterm and final exams TEACHING METHODOLOGIES MD1 - Lectures in the teacher's class supported by computer and audiovisual media, in which the main concepts of the subject are developed and the bibliography is provided to complement student learning. About 60% of the AF1 theoretical classes respond to the MD1 description. MD2 - Critical reading of texts recommended by the professor of the subject: Press articles, reports, manuals and/or academic articles, either for subsequent discussion in class, or to expand and consolidate knowledge of the subject. Additional material is available to students in Aula Global: scientific articles, and specialised press articles related to the subject. MD3 - Resolution of practical cases, problems, etc. raised by the teacher individually or in groups. The practical classes AF2 and AF3 correspond to the MD3 description. Associated with this work, continuous evaluation is carried out. MD4 - Presentation and discussion in class, under the teacher's moderation, of topics related to the content of the subject, as well as practical cases. For continuous evaluation it is based on the presentation of the results obtained in the assigned work. MD5 - Preparation of work and reports individually or in groups. The tutorials are carried out during the schedule published in Aula Global, making an appointment in advance by email.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 25
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 75

Basic Bibliography
  • Ashish Tewari. Atmospheric and Space Flight Dynamics. Birkhäuser. 2007
  • Bernard Etkin and Lloyd Duff Reid. Dynamics of Flight: Stability and Control (Third Edition). Wiley. 1996
Additional Bibliography
  • H. Schaub, J. Junkins. Analytical Mechanics of Space Systems. AIAA; 2 edition . October 1, 2009
  • Michael V. Cook. Flight Dynamic Principles (Third Edition). Butterworth-Heinemann. 2012

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.