Date: November 1, 1949
Creator: Fluegge-Lotz, I. & Klotter, K.
Description: So-called flip-flop controls (also called "on-off-course controls") are frequently preferred to continuous controls because of their simple construction. Thus they are used also for the steering control of airplanes. Such a body possesses-even if one thinks, for instance, only of the symmetric longitudinal motion - three degrees of freedom so that a study of its motions under the influence of an intermittent control is at least lengthy. Thus, it is suggested that an investigation of the basic effect of such a control first be made on a system with one degree of freedom. Furthermore, we limit ourselves in the resent report to the investigation of an "ideal" control where the control surface immediately obeys the command given by the "steering control function". Thus the oscillation properties of the control surface and the defects in linkage, sensing element, and mixing device are, at first, neglected. As long as the deviations from the "ideal" control may be neglected in practice, also the motion of the control surface takes place at the heat of the motion of the principal system. The aim of our investigation is to obtain a survey of the influence of the system and control coefficients on the damping behavior ...
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