Operational parameter study of an aircraft turning on the ground

AJ Rankin, B Krauskopf, MH Lowenberg, EB Coetzee

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Safety and economy are primary concerns in the study of ground manoeuvres for commercial aircraft, the ultimate goal being automation and optimisation of taxi operations. The application of mathematical and computer modeling to this problem is beneficial due to the relative costs compared with actual tests. As an example of utilising mathematical tools in the investigation of industrial problems we make use of a computer model of a passenger aircraft to perform a bifurcation analysis of turning solutions. In particular, we study how altering the longitudinal centre of gravity position of an aircraft affects its ground dynamics.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2008

Bibliographical note

Sponsorship: This research was supported by an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Case Award grant in collaboration with Airbus in the UK.


  • dynamics
  • aircraft
  • bifurcation
  • turning


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