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Fundamentals of 6-DOF Aerodynamics Models (FAM) offers an in-depth training experience in the formal and rigorous synthesis of professional-grade 6-DOF force and moment aerodynamics models used in 6-DOF trajectory flight simulations.  Pertinent applications include tactical missiles, sounding rockets, launch vehicles, and projectiles.

The Body Axis and Maneuver Axis Coordinate Systems are discussed in detail.  Airframe aerodynamic attitude is defined in terms of total angle-of-attack and aerodynamic roll position.  Body Axis and Maneuver Axis steering controls are defined and their use in the aero modeling process.is explained.

The subject of mutual aerodynamic interference is clearly delineated as is the closely allied principles of aerodynamic coupling.   Roll-dependent basic stability aerodynamic force and moment characteristics are discussed from the standpoints of data periodicity and recurrence.

The attributes of a high-fidelity 6-DOF Aerodynamics Model architecture for body-wing-tail and body-tail configurations are highlighted.  The basic stability and control effectiveness components of the aero model are thoroughly discussed.as is the topic of a companion, high-quality aero uncertainties model.

Single Panel, Dual Panel, and Multi-Panel Modeling Schemes are presented and thoroughly examined.  The ability of each scheme to capture important panel-panel interference effects is characterized.

  • Missile Coordinate Systems
  • Body Axis System
  • Aero Forces and Moments
  • Maneuver Axis System
  • Steering Controls Schemes
  • Mutual Aerodynamic Interference
  • Aerodynamic Coupling
  • 6-DOF Aero Models
  • Aerodynamic Modeling
  • Wind Tunnels
  • Aerodynamic Architecture
  • Basic Stability
  • Control Effectiveness
  • Aero Uncertainties
  • Aero Data Tables
  • Body-Wing-Tail
  • Body-Canard-Tail
  • Body Alone
  • Combined Tail
  • Panel-Panel Interference
  • Roll-Dependent Aerodynamics
  • Body-Tail

Fundamentals of 6-DOF Aerodynamics Models (FAM) is a first course in the discipline of 6-DOF aerodynamic force and moment modeling.  With an emphasis on accurately capturing aerodynamic coupling effects for vehicles with control surfaces arranged in cruciform, powerful, but little-known, aerodynamic modeling schemes are presented.  Real-world applications include tactical missiles, sounding rockets, launch vehicles, and projectiles.

Fundamentals of 6-DOF Aerodynamics Models Module Overview

  1. Coordinate Systems: Body axis system, maneuver axis system, body axis controls scheme, maneuver axis controls scheme, aerodynamic attitudes.
  2. Mutual Aerodynamic Interference: Panel-due-to-body, body-due-to-panel, panel-due-to-panel, body upwash, panel carryover, body and panel vortices.
  3. Aerodynamic Coupling: Cruciform control surface group, intended aero effects, aero coupling effects, byproduct aero effects.
  4. Roll-Dependent Aerodynamic Characteristics: Control panel arrangement, periodicity interval, recurrence interval, basic stability aerodynamics.
  5. 6-DOF Aerodynamics Models: Modeling architecture, modeling structure, basic stability, control effectiveness, panel-panel interference.
  6. Single Panel Modeling Scheme: Individual control panel deflection, aero force and moment build-up equations, 6-DOF body axis aero data.
  7. Dual Panel Modeling Scheme: Pitch, yaw, and roll body axis controls, aero force and moment build-up equations, 6-DOF body axis aero data.
  8. Multi-Panel Modeling Scheme: Elevator, rudder, and aileron maneuver axis controls, aero force and moment build-up equations, 6-DOF maneuver axis aero data.
  9. 6-DOF Aerodynamics Database: Wind tunnel testing, Computational Fluid Dynamics, aero force and moment data table generation, aero data uncertainties.

This course is best suited for individuals who seek to learn how to successfully design, analyze, launch, and recover rocket-powered vehicles of any scale including model rockets, high-power rockets, experimental rockets, and commercial rockets.

General Requirements

  • 1st Year College Calculus
  • 2nd Year College Calculus
  • 1st Year College Physics

Suggested WEA Preparatory Courses

J. Terry White Curriculum Vitae

J. Terry White is the founder, senior advisor and former president of White Eagle Aerospace. His 50 years of professional aerospace experience includes the NASA Space Shuttle Program, NASA X-43A Flight Research Project, and the United States Navy STANDARD Missile Program.  During his far-ranging professional career, Terry has served on the engineering technical staff of Rockwell International, General Dynamics Corporation, Hughes Missile Systems Company, NASA Dryden Flight Research Center and Raytheon Missile Systems.  In addition, he has served as an engineering consultant to numerous corporate and private aerospace enterprises.

Terry is a subject matter technical expert in the disciplines of  aerodynamics, 6-DOF aerodynamics models, aerothermodynamics, hypersonics, flight simulation, and flight testing.

Terry previously served as manager of the Aerodynamics Department in the Guidance, Navigation, and Control Center at Raytheon Missile Systems in Tucson, Arizona. In this capacity, he was responsible for all aerodynamics work performed at the world’s largest tactical missile producer.  He concluded his career with Raytheon in 2010 as a Senior Engineering Fellow in Aerodynamics.

Terry has authored more than 180 technical papers on a wide variety of aero-science and aerospace subjects. His teaching credentials include 15 years as an instructor in the Aerospace Engineering Department of the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, 10 years as an instructor in the professional development program at Raytheon and 17 years developing and teaching technical courses at White Eagle Aerospace. Those who have taken Terry’s courses say that he brings an extensive technical knowledge and uncommon instructional skill to the training environment.

Terry is particularly well-known for his inspiring aerospace history presentations, which are intense, technically relevant reviews of significant events in United States aerospace history. He has lectured extensively on aerospace history topics at the USAF Test Pilot School, the Society of Experimental Test Pilots, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, academia and industry.

Terry and his wife Phyllis reside in Oro Valley, Arizona. They are the happy parents of five remarkable children and the grateful grandparents of nine delightful grandchildren.

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