A Passive Method to Stabilize an Airborne Vehicle

Timo Sailaranta, Ari Siltavuori

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    A method of augmenting an airborne vehicle for short-period dynamics and stability by passive means is presented in this study. A trajectory-phase disturbance rejection capability is achieved for an unguided fin-stabilized vehicle by flexible mounting of the fins to the vehicle body. The deflecting fins lag the body oscillation such that the harmonic oscillation can be quickly dampened. The amount of fin deflection may be chosen by a hinge-line location; among other things, the vehicle damping behaviour is largely determined by this choice. Linear theory is applied and 6-DOF simulations are carried out to demonstrate the approach suitability for the task.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)124-130
    JournalDefence Technology
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


    • Dispersion reduction
    • Passive control
    • Smart structure

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