FURI | Fall 2020
How Center of Gravity Location and the Sizing of Control Surfaces Affect Aircraft Stability
The motivation behind this project is to investigate how to size an aircraft’s control surface in relation to the center of gravity for aircraft stability. Finding a working balance between these will then lead to finding the best design for a given mission. Multiple aircraft configurations were created in an aerodynamic data program called Vorlax with varying CG locations and control surfaces. The data is then visualized and analyzed in Excel to calculate the different equations related to stability. An important consideration to focus on while designing is being able to create a configuration that not only allows for center of gravity to have some range but also frequencies match what a pilot would be comfortable with.
Kevin Patrick O'Brien
Hometown: Avondale, Arizona, United States
Graduation date: Spring 2020