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Homework 2 (150pts) AerE 355 Fall 2011 Due 9/9 (F) SOLU!

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#ro\$lem 1 (35 pts) Consider the very simple glider shown
at the right. It consists of a wing, tail and body. Each item
is rectangular, and each has the same thickness, t. Denote
the length and width of the wing as
w
l
and
w
w
, respectively.
Use similar notation for the dimensions of the tail and the body.
(a)(15 pts) Develop the expression for the location of the cg , call it
cg
x
, along the x-axis.
Solution
Using the diagram at the right, since the cg is that location
about which the net moment is !ero, we have
" # \$ % & # \$ % & # \$ % & + +
t cg t cg b w cg w
w x W x W w x W
or
# \$ % & # \$ % & # \$ % &
t t b w w cg tot
w W W w W x W + +
or

tot
t t b w w
cg
W
w W W w W
x
# \$ % & # \$ % & # \$ % & + +

% &'#
(\$)(10pts) (ssume that xcg is given. )urthermore, assume that the wing and tail widths are fixed, and that
the wing length is also fixed. )ind the expression for the tail length as a function of these elements, so that
the glider will have positive stiffness for small changes in the angle of attack, . *ou should assume that
the speed is sufficiently slow that the backwash onto the tail region is negligible. (lso, assume that drag
moments are negligible.
Solution In addition to the stated assumptions, we will make the following assumptions
&('# +he body contributes !ero lift.
&(\$# +he wing lift force is # &
\$
V S L
w w
and the tail lift is # &
\$
V S L
t t
.
+o compute the angle of attack,
,
"

for unaccelerated level flight we must have

tot t w
W L L +
or
tot o t o w
W V S V S + # & # &
\$ \$
or # %&
\$
V S W
tot tot o

+he pitch moment about the cg is
# \$ % & # \$ % &
t cg t w cg w m
w x L w x L C
.
+his moment will be !ero when

#, \$ % %& # \$ % -&
t cg w cg w t
w x w x L L
or, the minimum tail length is

w t cg w cg t w t
l w x w x w w l #, \$ % %& # \$ % #-& % &
min

. &\$#
"
x
"
x
cg
x \$ %
b
W
t
W
w
W
w
w
t
w
.ore generally,
#, \$ % & # \$ % & - %
\$
t cg t w cg w m
w x S w x S V C
. )or this to be negative
re/uires that
" # \$ % & # \$ % & <
t cg t w cg w
w x S w x S
, or

# \$ % & # \$ % & # &
t t w w cg t w
w S w S x S S + < +
or

t t t
t w
t t w w
cg
l w S
S S
w S w S
x
+
+
< 0
# \$ % & # \$ % &
&1#
(&)(10pts) +he following Matlab code includes specific dimensions for a balsa wood glider. Complete
this code in order to &i# find the numerical value for cg
x
, and &ii# determine whether the glider has
positive stiffness. (lso, include a reasonably accurate top2view drawing of the glider.
Solution
&i# )or the numerical information provided in the code, &'# yielded
m x
cg
'341 .
.
&ii# 5ince the right hand side of the ine/uality &1# e/uals ".'"\$6m, this ine/uality is not satisfied. 7ence,
the plane has negative stiffness
8ut we can go further. 9e can ascertain whether by increasing the tail length it is possible to achieve a
plane with positive stiffness. ( condition for neutral static stability is
" # \$ % & # \$ % &
t cg t w cg w m
w x L w x L C
at
"

. +his condition resulted in &\$#. :ow, e/uations

&'# ; &\$# can be used <ointly to determine whether the plane has positive stiffness for any tail length in the
range, say, " to ".\$m.. Each of these e/uations represents a relationship between cg
x
and
.
t
l
+he wing
length is ".\$\$3=m. (nd so, choosing a range of tail lengths going from " to >".\$ will allow us to
determine whether or not these two e/uations can be satisfied simultaneously. +hese plots are shown
below.
0 0.02 0.04 0.06 0.08 0.1 0.12 0.14 0.16 0.18 0.2
0.02
0.04
0.06
0.08
0.1
0.12
0.14
0.16
0.18
0.2
0.22
l
t
(m)
x
c
g

(
m
)
Plots of (1) REDand(2) BLUE
F'(ure 1%1 ?lots of the relation between cg
x
and
t
l
associated with &'# &@ED# and &\$# 8AUE.
5ince the plots do not intersect for any tail length up to approximately the wing length, it is not possible to
find a tail length that will result in a balanced plane with positive stiffness. Bne might have suspected as
much, given the extreme rearward location of the cg

%PROGRAM NAME: simplane.m
%This code addresses the areodynamics of a simple bals wood plane.
% t is simple in the sense that win!s" tail and body are all ass#med to
% be rectan!les.
%\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$\$
%GEOMETRE% &'imensions are specified in inches then con(erted to meters)
c( \$ *.*+,-. %/on(ersion factor to !o from inches to meters
th \$ .+,0c(.
% 1in! Geometry:
lw \$ 20c(. ww \$ 30c(. tw \$ th.
% Tail Geometry:
lt \$ 30c(. wt \$ 4.,0c(. tt \$ th.
% 5ody Geometry:
lb \$ +*0c(. wb \$ +0c(. tb \$ th.
% 1ei!hts &The density of balsawood is 46* 7!8m93)
rhob \$ 46*.
1w \$ &lw0ww0tw)0rhob.
1t \$ &lt0wt0tt)0rhob.
1b \$ &lb0wb0tb)0rhob.
% :ind the /G of the airplane (ia the ;#adratic e;#ation a<+ = b< > c \$*
% The /G (al#e is the distance behind the :RONT tip of the body
% The #nits of the /G are N/?E%
1tot \$ 1w = 1b = 1t.
<c!\$&&1w0&ww8+) = 1b0&lb8+) = 1t0&lb>wt8+)))81tot
<c!inches \$ <c!8c(
pa#se
%/omp#te minim#m tail len!th for positi(e stiffness
lt(ec \$ .***4:.***4:.+.
<< \$ &lt(ec0&lb>wt8+)=&ww8wt)0&ww8+)0lw).8&lt(ec=&ww8wt)0lw).
plot&lt(ec"<<)
1t(ec \$ rhob0tb0wt0lt(ec.
<<<\$&1w0&ww8+)=1b0&lb8+)=1t(ec0&lb>wt8+)).8&1w=1b=1t(ec).
hold on
plot&lt(ec"<<<"@r@)
<label&@<AcA! &m)@)
ylabel&@lAt &m)@)
title&@Plots of &4) RE' and &+) 5BCE@)
!rid

% http:88wri!ht.nasa.!o(8airplane8lifte;.html
"
C \$" x
C 14 . 4
cg
x
#ro\$lem 2 (25 pts) )rom the discussion at the bottom of p. \$" in the text, the following formal definition
can be given
De)'*'t'o* 2%1 If the pitch moment,
m
C
, e/uals !ero for some angle of attack,
o

, the airplane is said

to be in the condition of longitudinal balance. +his condition may also be termed longitudinal
euilib!ium.
Bn p. \$' the authors, in referring to the curve &a# in Figure 2.3, state D"#is moment tends to !educe t#e
angle of attac\$ to its euilib!ium value, and #ence is a !esto!ing moment. %n t#is case, t#e ai!plane #as
positive pitc# stiffness, obviously a desi!able c#a!acte!istic.E )rom this statement, one can reasonably
deduce the following definition
De)'*'t'o* 2%2 )or an airplane in a longitudinally balanced &or e/uilibrium# condition, with corresponding
angle of attack,
o

"
o

#, suppose that the airplane angle of

attack is changed to a value
+
o
. If the resulting non2!ero pitch moment,
# &
m
C
acts in a
manner to tend to bring the angle of attack back toward
o

, then the airplane is said to have positive

pitc# stiffness. If this moment acts in a manner to drive the angle of attack further away from
o

, then
the airplane is said to have negative pitc# stiffness.
(a)(5pts) Discuss how Definition \$.\$ compares to the definition given in the discussion at the website
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Solution +o /uote the site
D"#e condition of a steady state moment tending to !esto!e euilib!ium is \$nown as positive pitch
stiffness, and, in t#is case,positive pitc# stiffness is associated wit# a negative slope of t#e pitc#ing
moment ve!sus alp#a cu!ve.E
+his definition is essentially the same as that given in Definition \$.\$. +he case referred to is a special case
of the more general definition.
(\$)(5pts) Discuss Definition \$.\$ in relation to Figure 2.4.
Solution+ In )igure \$.H neither curve represents an aircraft having an e/uilibrium position &i.e. they are
unbalanced#. 5ince Definition \$.\$ is predicated on the assumption that an e/uilibrium state exists, )igure
\$.H is not relevant, per this definition.
(&)(5pts) Bn p.\$' of the text the authors state &essentially# D%f t#e pitc# stiffness is to be positive at t#e
euilib!ium angle of attac\$,
o

, t#en &i#
# &
o m
C
must be &e!o, and &ii#

# &
m
C
must be negative.
Explain why &i# is not a needed condition in order for pitch stiffness to be positive &in the sense of
Definition \$.\$ above#.
Solution ?er Definition \$.\$, all that is needed as that the moment be restoring. .athematically, this
definition re/uires that
"
" # & < > fo! C
m
and
"
" # & > < fo! C
m
. +hese conditions re/uire no
conditions on
% # &
m m
C C
a
, other than, &by definition#
" S % # &
"
<

m m
C C
a
&assuming a
uni/ue value for
"

.#
(,)(5pts) Explain why condition &ii# in &c# is not a necessary condition for an airplane to have positive
pitch stiffness &in the sense of Definition \$.\$ above#.
Solution +he explanation is given in part &c#. Condition &ii# is a sufficient condition, but not necessa!y.
(e)(5pts) Consider an airplane with
# &
m
C
as shown at the right.
Clearly, this airplane has
" # &
o m
C
and
"
# &
<

o
m
C

.
7owever, unlike the curve &a# in 'igu!e (.) on p.\$" of the text,
we do not have "
# &
<

m
C
for all . In the sense of Definition
\$.\$ above, explain why the airplane has positive stiffness.
*xplanation It has positive pitch stiffness per Definition \$.\$ because it satisfies the ine/ualities given in
part &c#.
E-tra .re,'t (5pts) In view of the example in &e#, determine the mathematical condition on
# &
m
C
for
an airplane to have positive pitch stiffness &per Definition \$.\$ above#.
Solution+ +he mathematical conditions were given by the ine/ualities in part &c#.
E-tra .re,'t (5pts) Identify an airplane that has positive stiffness, but does not have "
# &
<

m
C
for
all . Include reference&s# to support your identified airplane.
Solution I have no idea
o

# &
m
C

#ro\$lem 3 (15 pts) Carry out the mathematical steps described by the authors on p.\$L of the text to arrive
at e/uation &\$.1.6#. In doing so, be careful to show more details that are given in the text.
Solution
.
# & # &
# &

p t
wb
wb
ac
m L
, n L
m
m
C C
V # # C
C
C &\$.1.\$#
If the true aerodynamic center of the wing%body exists, the term
"

wb
ac
m
C
. Even if it does not exist in
the classical sense, the neutral location,
n
#
for the entire airplane does exist. 7ence, from Definition \$.H,
for
n
# #
, &\$.1.\$# becomes

.
# & # &
# & "

p
t
wb
wb
ac
m L
, n n L
m
C C
V # # C
C
solving this e/uation for
n
#
gives
.
# &
# &
'
1
1
]
1

p
t wb
ac
wb
m
L
,
m
L
n n
C
C
V
C
C
# # &\$.1.H#
Even though &\$.1.H# gives the expression for
n
#
, this re/uires knowledge of three pitch derivatives, two
of which vary with . (s an alternative to this approach to determining
n
#
, we can re2write &\$.1.H# as0
.
# &
# &
'
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1
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1

p
t wb
ac
wb
m
L
,
m
L
n n
C
C
V
C
C
# # &\$.1.HT#
5ubstituting &\$.1.HT# back into &\$.1.\$# gives

# &
n L m
# # C C

. &\$.1.6#
#ro\$lem / (10 pts) Oo to the website
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and from the material there, develop a definition of the ae!odynamic cente! .
-nswe! De)'*'t'o*0 +he aerodynamic center &ac# is that point along the x-axis about which the pitch
moment tends to be invariant with respect to . -:ote It is normally close to the vehicle mean chord line0
about U of the distance behind the leading edge for subsonic speed, and then moving toward the V
distance for supersonic speed.,
#ro\$lem 5 (15 pts) +ext ?roblem \$.' parts &a#, &b#, and &c#. ?lease restate the problem and each part
7E@E.
( subsonic transport plane has a tapered, untwisted, sweptback wing with straight leading and trailing
edges. +he wing tips are straight and parallel to the root chord. In the following, use (ppendix C, and
assume that the airfoil section local aerodynamic center &ac# is at the U2chord point.
(a)(5pts) .ake an accurate 12view drawing of the wing chord plane.
(\$)(5pts) Calculate &i# wing area, &ii# aspect ratio, &iii# taper ratio,
! t
c c %
, and &iv# mean aerodynamic
chord, c .
Solution
&i# wing area2 +he area of a trape!oid is b
c c
-
t !

,
_

\$
. (nd so
\$
\$446 46
\$
'\$ \$6
\$ ft S
,
_

+

.
&ii# aspect ratio )rom p.1=", '' . 3 \$446 % '6" %
\$ \$
S b - .
&iii# taper ratio
H3 . " \$6 % '\$ %
! t
c c
.
&iv# mean aerodynamic chord
ft
c
c
!
\$= . 'L
'
'
1
\$
\$

,
_

+
+ +

W '6"
W '\$
W \$6
o
\$=
"./
S%0*
1."".M
W 6
W LL . \$"
W 1\$ . \$
(&)(5pts) Calculate the location of the wingTs mean aerodynamic center. +hen locate it and c on the side
view of the wing diagram in &a# &including dimensions#. -(ssume a uniform lift coefficient,
L l
C C

,
Solution
ft
b
y '' . 11
# ' & 1
\$ '
\$

,
_

+
+

-7alf2wing position,
H % '
tan
H
+ y
c
x
!
where
o
- - L= . \$1
'
'
# tan& # tan&
" H % '

+

. 7ence,
ft x LL . \$"

\$ %
"
\$ %
"
\$ \$
b b
l
L
c&dy
S
c&dy C
S C
&
a
where
y y y &
y y y c c
o
"==L . # H tan& # &
'41 . \$6
46
'1
\$6 # &

,
_

7ence,
ft y y & 1\$ . \$
1
"'"\$L .
\$
4H3 . '
\$446
\$
46
"
1 \$

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