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Study of the stall-spin phenomena using analysis and interactive 3-D graphics


Dubois, Pascale C. (1986) Study of the stall-spin phenomena using analysis and interactive 3-D graphics. Engineer's thesis, California Institute of Technology. doi:10.7907/SFMF-Z114.


The purpose of this study is to gain a better understanding of the nonlinear stall-spin phenomenon through numerical analysis and interactive 3-D graphics.

The linear aerodynamic range was thoroughly examined for the NAVION, a light aviation aircraft. Nonlinear aerodynamic behavior was modeled by adding nonlinearities to the lift, pitching and rolling moments. The results of this analysis are promising; however, a more sophisticated model is needed to fully simulate the stall-spin phenomenon.

A graphic tool is described which allows the user to interact with the simulation process. This gives the user a "feel" for the dynamics of aircraft and effectively displays the characteristic features of the dynamic model.

Item Type:Thesis (Engineer's thesis)
Subject Keywords:Stall-Spin ; 3-D
Degree Grantor:California Institute of Technology
Division:Engineering and Applied Science
Major Option:Aeronautics
Thesis Availability:Public (worldwide access)
Research Advisor(s):
  • Culick, Fred E. C.
Thesis Committee:
  • Culick, Fred E. C. (chair)
  • Roshko, Anatol
  • Liepmann, Hans Wolfgang
Defense Date:1 December 1985
Record Number:CaltechETD:etd-03242008-113141
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Default Usage Policy:No commercial reproduction, distribution, display or performance rights in this work are provided.
ID Code:1102
Deposited By: Imported from ETD-db
Deposited On:04 Apr 2008
Last Modified:21 Dec 2019 03:57

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