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.
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