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The three key points which must not be confused together
The neutral point = Analogy with the wind vane
A preliminary note : Equilibrium is not stability !
Mechanical stability
Aerodynamic stability
Understanding the polars Cm = f(α) and Cl = f(Cm)
How to use XFLR5 to find the Neutral Point
The tail volume (1) : a condition for stability ?
Tail Volume (2)
Tail Volume (3)
Tail Volume (4)
A little more complicated : V-tails
The Static Margin : a useful concept
Elevator Incidence and CG position
The case of Flying Wings
Self-Stable Foils
A classic foil
A self-stable foil
A more modern way to create a self-stable wing
Model data
Wing without washout
Wing with washout
Lift at the balanced a.o.a
Stability and Control analysis
Static and Dynamic stability
Sailplane stability
Natural modes
Natural modes - Mechanical
Natural modes - Aerodynamic
The 8 aerodynamic modes
The phugoid
The mechanism of the phugoid
The short period mode
Spiral mode
Roll damping
Dutch roll
Modal response for a reduced scale plane
Modal behaviour
The eigenvector
The four longitudinal variables
The four lateral variables
Frequencies and damping factor
The root locus graph
The root locus interpretation
The typical root locus graphs
Stability analysis in XFLR5
One analysis, three output
Pre-requisites for the analysis
Description of the steps of the analysis
The time response view : two type of input
The 3D mode animation
Example of Longitudinal Dynamics analysis
Second approximation for the Short Period Mode
Lanchester's approximation for the Phugoid
Numerical example – from a personal model sailplane
Time response
Forward CG
Stick to the phugoid
Summarizing :
1.The CG is positioned forward
2.The CG is positioned aft
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XFLR5 and Stability Analysis

# XFLR5 and Stability Analysis

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01/29/2015

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