Nonlinearities due to geometric effects, in particular, via angular variables that are not small, are important for aircraft operation. Geometric nonlinearities have a strong effect on the dynamics of the aircraft system under consideration, and they are especially pronounced in aircraft ground operations. As a concrete example we consider here the effect of a non-zero rake angle on the dynamics of a nose landing gear. More specifically, we use tools from bifurcation theory to investigate the stability of the straight-rolling motion during a take-off run.
|Publication status||Published - Aug 2009|