An assessment of thrust vector concepts for twin-engine airplane

Thrust vector nozzles are finding place on modern fighter airplanes because of the benefits they provide and also due to diminishing weight penalty of such nozzles. They offer additional benefits in the case of a twin-engine airplane. Different vectoring configurations such as multi-axis vectoring, single-axis pitch vectoring and single-axis vectoring with canted nozzles have been studied with respect to twin-engine airplane configuration. Modeling and integration of thrust vector nozzles with rigid airplane six-degrees-of-freedom equations of motion have been carried out in this article. Using the integrated model, a comparative study is carried out to summarize the capabilities and limitations of various nozzle configurations with respect to performance of an airplane in velocity vector roll and in Herbst maneuvers. The airplane model used in this work is the F-18/HARV and all simulation results have been produced using a nonlinear dynamic inversion controller developed in Matlab/Simulink environment. Results show that a multi-axis thrust vectoring provides additional benefits as compared to single-axis vectoring with canted nozzles in high angle of attack velocity vector roll and in Herbst maneuvers. The single-axis pitch only vectoring has roll control power and lacks in yaw control power, to execute the velocity vector roll maneuver.


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  • Accession Number: 01526175
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 7 2014 1:46PM