Doctoral Dissertations


"The nonlinear set of equations which represents helicopter motion are linearized about a prescribed nominal state. Once the linearized system is obtained it is validated by comparing the output of the nonlinear system to that of its linearized counterpart. Having obtained a linear model, linear system theory may then be applied in order to investigate the stability and control characteristics of the aircraft.

General techniques for simulating helicopter pilot response for inclusion in a flight path simulation program have been devised. To provide the desired flight goal, a nominal flight trajectory is obtained from an existing nonlinear model. With this basis a deterministic pilot model which attempts to minimize flight deviations from the nominal can be developed for generating descriptions of the desired flight path"--Abstract, page v.


Flanigan, V. J.

Committee Member(s)

Pagano, Sylvester J., 1924-2006
Foster, J. Earl
Cronin, Don
Fannin, D. Ronald
Gyorog, Donald A., 1931-2007
Noack, Thomas L.


Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Degree Name

Ph. D. in Mechanical Engineering


University of Missouri--Rolla. Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
National Science Foundation (U.S.)
United States. Army. Weapons Command


University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date


Journal article titles appearing in thesis/dissertation

  • Linearization of equations which govern the motion of a helicopter
  • Application of modern control techniques to develop helicopter flight paths


xii, 122 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references.


© 1975 Alfred Fermelia, All rights reserved.

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Dissertation - Restricted Access

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Library of Congress Subject Headings

Helicopters -- Aerodynamics -- Mathematical models
Helicopters -- Aerodynamics -- Simulation methods
Flight control

Thesis Number

T 3049

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