Maximum range performance of motor gliders with retractable jet engine

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Abstract

The maximum-range flight of a motor glider equipped with a retractable jet engine is treated as a periodic optimal control problem. The maximum-range flight is of periodic na-ture because it consists of cycles where a climbing phase with the engine extended is followed by a gliding phase with the engine retracted. This kind of flight is termed saw-tooth mode. It is shown that the maximum range of optimal saw-tooth flight is larger than the greatest range achievable with the best steady-state cruise. An efficient optimization method is ap-plied for solving the periodic optimal control problem, using a realistic mathematical model-ing.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2012
StatePublished - 2012
EventAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2012 - Minneapolis, MN, United States
Duration: 13 Aug 201216 Aug 2012

Publication series

NameAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2012

Conference

ConferenceAIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMinneapolis, MN
Period13/08/1216/08/12

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